Our impact on the earth: in visuals

Plus, how can the UK government save a dolphin a day?

Good morning!

How has your week been? I finally joined the lockdown birthday crew this week and had a lovely Zoom call with the family which went something along the lines of “What have you been up to?” “Nothing. You?” “Yeah, also nothing.” 🤦‍♀️

If you’re also at a loss for things to talk about, how about the latest in marine conservation? There was a heap of ocean news again this week so let’s get right to it!

This week’s hot take

We’ve been keeping the experts busy this week with a few key topics. So, let’s jump straight in for a bumper section of the hot take:

A new report by Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and Humane Society International highlights how the UK government can save a dolphin a day as the charity launches its #GoodbyeBycatch campaign. Sarah Dolman, WDCs Bycatch programme lead, said:

“No one wants to catch dolphins, porpoises and whales. But bycatch has continued much the same for decades and the research highlights some effective solutions. Now is the time to take action. The Fisheries Act 2020 requires the UK to ‘minimise and where possible eliminate’ dolphin, porpoise and whale bycatch. The UK and devolved governments can fulfil this legal obligation and show global leadership by implementing fleet-wide solutions at sea that will prevent individual dolphins, porpoises and whales suffering, save lives, as well as providing confidence to consumers and the wider public and so benefit fishers.”

The European Commission has warned the Republic of Cameroon to do more to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) if it wants future access to EU markets. Speaking of the news, Executive Director of EJF Steve Trent said:

“Countries must come together and adopt measures designed to deter other states from freely offering flags of convenience, along with methods to ensure that these flags are not used by their own citizens. These include issuing deterrent sanctions against nationals when they engage or profit from illegal fishing, even when they are operating under a foreign flag; and requesting information on beneficial ownership upon registration of vessels.”

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🌊 Ocean 🌊

  • Mana-tea party: Before we start, here’s a super cute video of hundreds of manatees basking together… a few friendly dolphins even joined in the fun too!

The Deep Dive

  • Don’t want more to read? Well, you’re in luck as WWF has a new podcast and the first episode is an interview with the great man himself: Sir David Attenborough

And, to wrap up, thanks to Mayen from mlsea for sharing this awesome shark ‘choir’. I’m embarrassed not to have seen this before. Enjoy!

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