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.
Oil spills have a devastating effect on marine life and coastal communities. Unfortunately, oil pollution has become an integrated part of the oil and gas industry. The Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 is often seen as an irregularity in an otherwise safe endeavour. However, collisions and leakages, causing significant oil pollution and subsequently damaging marine life, are a somewhat frequent occurrence. The Russian Vessel Oleg Neydenov and the busted pipeline incident off the coast of California in 2015 serve as worrying evidence in point.
One of the largest mass strandings of cetaceans seems to have ended by Sunday, 12th of February, 2017. Since Friday, about 670 pilot whales stranded at Farewell Spit on New Zealand’s South Island. Some 320 of these marine mammals seem to have survived, while at least 350 animals regrettably died.
A movement in motion! Under the motto “I run – You give – We help”, the initiative “Home Run – we run for homeless” supports the work by VinziRast to provide homeless persons with a roof over their head. Become part of this movement!