Empty promises: The European Union is failing to protect dolphins and porpoises from fisheries by‐catch

By-catch is the primary global conservation threat to populations of dolphins and porpoises. Despite protection for these protected species under its Habitats Directive, the European Union (EU) has failed to adequately assess and, where necessary, mitigate the by-catch of small cetaceans. Management authority is diffuse, and the EU has no over-arching, quantitative conservation objectives. >> … Meer lezen

Supertrawlers or static nets – what is killing all the dolphins? Why we need to see the whole picture

You’ve probably come across ‘supertrawlers’ in the news or in the film Seaspiracy which has made these industrial ocean behemoths a hot topic on social media. Supertrawlers are the largest fishing vessels at more than 80 metres in length. They can be more nomadic than smaller vessels, often fishing for several weeks at a time … Meer lezen

Zeehonden met beschadigde kop in 2021: wetenschappelijke bevindingen

Tot nu toe spoelden in 2021 reeds 22 dode zeehonden aan langs de Belgische kust. De helft daarvan, meestal jonge grijze zeehonden, vertoonde karakteristieke verwondingen aan de nek en kop. Er werd over onthoofdingen gesproken, en dit veroorzaakte heel wat opschudding. Een forensische analyse door het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen en de Faculteit Diergeneeskunde … Meer lezen