Commercial fishermen spotted the pod of 150 whales stranding at Hamelin Bay, 200 miles south of Perth. Western Australia state’s Parks and Wildlife Service arrived at the scene by morning and were assessing the health of around 15 whales left alive, attempting to herd some of the whales back out to sea.
March 20, 2018- In response to multiple fatal entanglements of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced today that it has suspended its sustainable seafood certification for Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab fishery. MSC awards its blue-fish eco-label to fisheries that meet its standards for sustainable fishing.
The government in New Zealand is reviewing the use of commercial set nets (a type of gillnet that is attached to the seabed) after the deaths of five Hector's dolphins in one net in February. The incident took place off the Banks Peninsula off the east coast of the South Island. A complete ban on their use could now be proposed.
We are excited to announce that WDC has been working with UK-based sustainable clothing manufacturer, Teemill, to design a new clothing and accessories range that supports WDC’s conservation work and campaigns around the world.
The range features 10 new designs available on 100% organic cotton t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and tote bags – made in a factory that runs on 100% renewable energy. The new designs highlight some of the key areas of WDC’s work to keep whales and dolphins safe and free, including ending captivity and the fight to rid the seas of dangerous plastic waste.
A new global map of aquatic plastic pollution has revealed that rivers in the north west of the UK have the highest microplastic pollution discovered so far anywhere in the world.
Scientists from the University of Manchester took samples from 40 sites across the region with over 500,000 microplastic particles discovered in the River Tame alone.
Unconfirmed reports on the plight of the vaquita suggest that no more than 12 now remain.
Vaquitas are the world’s smallest and one of the most endangered species of whale, dolphin or porpoise on the planet. Found only in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California, the population has declined by more than 75% in the past three years alone. In Spanish, vaquita means 'little cow' and many local people believe them to be 'mythical creatures' as most have never seen one and photographs, until recently, were lacking.
Norway's government has announced an increase in the number of minke whales that can be hunted this year from 999 to 1278.
This is 28% more than in 2017 even though recent years have seen a decline in the number of whales being killed and fewer whaling vessels heading out to sea.
Falling consumer demand and higher fuel prices along with apparent increasing difficulty in finding the whales have all been blamed on the industry's decline.
Shoppers in the Netherlands can now make more environmentally friendly purchases at Europe’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle.
The initiative, a partnership between campaign group, A Plastic Planet and Dutch supermarket, Ekoplaza was launched in Amsterdam and enables shoppers to choose from 700 everyday products that are free from plastic packaging, including meat, rice, sauces, dairy, chocolate, cereals, snacks, fresh fruit and vegetables. Even the shelving is either wood or metal.
Following the death of a bottlenose dolphin calf called Holly, local experts are calling for tighter controls on speeding boats and other watercraft in Adelaide's Port River.
Holly was only a week old when her body was found on January 2nd. An autopsy found signs of "blunt trauma", possibly caused by a boat.
Joel Manby, SeaWorld’s progressive CEO, has stepped down after another poor financial performance by the company. The company lost around $200 million in 2017 and saw visitor number drop again.
Under Manby’s leadership, SeaWorld announced the end of the circus-style orca shows and captive orca breeding. WDC has welcomed SeaWorld’s change of direction and pushed for a further commitment to retire its captive whales and dolphins to coastal sanctuaries.