Representatives of more than 120 countries gather from 23rd to 28th of October in Manila, the Philippines, to debate this issue. #cmscop12
Read the kick-off press release by OceanCare.
In a meeting with high-level represenatatives of the Spanish Ministry of Environment on the 1st of September, 2017, Nicolas Entrup for OceanCare and NRDC, and Carlos Bravo for Alianza Mar Blava handed over a letter signed by scientists and NGOs from all continents, calling for the cetacean migration corridor between the Baleares and the Spanish mainland to be protected and hydrocarbon exploration activities to be prevented. Searching for oil and gas in the seafloor is done by employing extremely loud explosive sound.
Caution, this video shows cruel scenes. However, it highlights in which country thousands of dolphins are being hunted every year to end up as bait in the shark fisheries. Learn more and see how you can help support initiatives in Peru which advocate strict dolphin and shark protection.
While the new French government announced a legislative initiative to ban further oil exploration, a similar initiative in Spain was blocked by the government. Further details in today's press release by OceanCare.
With one voice at different places on World Oceans Day – the voice for healthier and less noisy oceans grows louder and louder. This year’s World Oceans Day coincides with the United Nations Oceans Conference.
While whale watching tourism is booming in Iceland, uninformed tourists increasingly fuel whaling in Icelandic waters, as they "taste" whale meat oder buy souvenirs made from whale parts (which they cannot even take home legally). OceanCare and other NGOs now seek cooperation with airlines to inform tourists comprehensively.
Underwater noise pollution from ships is a chronic, global stressor impacting a wide range of marine species. Ambient ocean noise levels nearly doubled each decade from 1963-2007 in low-frequency bands attributed to shipping, inspiring a pledge from the International Maritime Organization to reduce ship noise and a call from the International Whaling Commission for member nations to halve ship noise within a decade.
In a recent paper, Scott Veirs of Beam Reach Marine Science and others analysed different ways to achieve these targets, using the example of a critically endangered resident killer whale population whose critical habitat spans shipping lanes serving the ports of Vancouver and Seattle.
On the 1st of April 2017, this year's whaling season started, which will bring a painful death to up to 999 minke whales, many of them pregnant females. A coalition of international whale protection organisations strongly condemns Norway's whale hunt.
On March 13th, 2017, ‘Dynamic Manta’, a large-scale NATO manoeuvre, started in the Mediterranean. At the same time, a five-meter Cuvier’s beaked whale stranded in Morocco. The cause of the stranding has not been yet officially determined. However, OceanCare points to the fact that in recent years several strandings of this particular whale species coincided with navy manoeuvres.