Posts Tagged ‘CMS’
How we’re protecting whales and dolphins across borders
It’s all very well individual nations putting their own conservation plans into action, but what about species, like whales, dolphins and porpoises, that don’t just stay in one country – how do we protect them? Last week I told you that I was at a meeting of the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (or…Read More
Conservation in action – working on an international stage to protect whales and dolphins
Unlike us humans, whales, dolphins and porpoises don’t entertain the concept of borders. For them it’s not the artificial construct of imaginary barriers that prevents them from living their life as they please, for them it’s all just one big connected ocean (or river). For those species that migrate, whether it’s a journey from one…Read More
Ecuador introduces welcome measures to prevent dolphin imports for captivity shows
The Government of Ecuador has modified environmental legislation to prohibit the import of marine mammals by aquariums, as well as breeding and the display of individuals removed from their habitats. This is particularly positive news as it follows efforts in 2018 by a dolphinarium company in Venezuela to open a captive dolphin facility in Salinas,…Read More
Whale culture should play a part in their conservation says new international study
An international group of researchers working on a wide range of species, including whales, argues that cultural knowledge of these creatures needs to be taken into consideration when planning international conservation efforts and laws. A paper published in leading journal Science (Tuesday 26 February) makes a compelling case that growing scientific evidence on social learning, which can…Read More
Happy birthday WDC, and here’s to the next 30 years!
Will you make a donation to help us protect whales and dolphins for the next 30 years? Thank you. WDC is 30 years-old and I am incredibly proud of the team of people – staff, volunteers, partners and supporters – who have helped achieve our many successes during those three decades. But the very fact…Read More
Eaten to extinction?
Will you make a donation to help us stop dolphins being killed for meat? Thank you. The plight of the large whales at the hands of commercial whalers both historically and currently, is well documented. As a result of intensive and unregulated hunting, population figures plummeted, some even went extinct (the north east Atlantic population…Read More
UN wildlife summit agrees steps to protect homes for whales and dolphins
A major United Nation’s wildlife summit has agreed on steps to reduce threats to whales and dolphins around the world by identifying areas where they live, feed and breed. The 130 nation members attending the 12th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) meeting in Manila adopted the landmark…Read More
Conserving Migratory Species
Some species of whales and dolphins can migrate many thousands of miles, travelling through the national waters of a number of different countries to get to their destinations. Others can live their lives more locally in the national waters of more than one country – take for example a dolphin in the Mediterranean Sea, in…Read More
Where do whales, dolphins and other marine mammals live?
It’s a big ocean out there. We’re learning a lot about whales these days in nearshore waters but good information on where exactly they live in most of the ocean is in short supply. At the same time, a quarter of the 90 whale, dolphin and porpoise species are threatened and half are not well…Read More
A Holistic Approach to Conservation and Protection
It was with huge pleasure that I was able to take up the invitation of ASCOBANS (Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas) to deliver the Keynote Speech to the 2016 Meeting of the Parties in Helsinki, Finland (29th August – 1st September). The following…Read More