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Mar23

Tragic mass stranding in Western Australia

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Tragic mass stranding in Western Australia

The incident has already resulted in more than 140 deaths, with only a handful of animals still alive

Mar09

Celebrating citizen science work in Scotland

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Celebrating citizen science work in Scotland

The CalMac Marine Awareness Programme launch event will take place in Oan later this month, with ORCA amongst the organisations paticipating.

Feb21

Common dolphins strandings in Ireland

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Common dolphins strandings in Ireland

Findings from the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group suggests increase of 350% in common dolphin strandings, a key fact in a rise in the total number of cetacean strandings.

Feb09

Ship strike in Panama Canal drops

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Ship strike in Panama Canal drops

A traffic separation scheme and 10 knot speed restriction has seen a huge drop in the number of strikes since December 2014, showing positive signs for the future.

Feb06

Duke of Cambridge gives speech on illegal wildlife trade

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Duke of Cambridge gives speech on illegal wildlife trade

Yesterday evening Prince William gave a keynote speech at the UK Chamber of Shipping Annual Dinner, outlining the shipping industry’s role in arresting the illegal wildlife trade.

Feb01

New Scottish MPA funding confirmed

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New Scottish MPA funding confirmed

The areas covered will contribute towards the protection of species such as minke whales and Risso's dolphins, and will be supported by ORCA's new Hebridean survey programme.

Jan31

Talking killer whale can mimic human sound

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Talking killer whale can mimic human sound

Research released today shows that an orca in a marine park in the French Riviera can be taught to say simple human words.

Jan22

Clash over bycatch in New Zealand

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Clash over bycatch in New Zealand

Battles line drawn in argument over use of video footage of marine life accidentally killed by Kiwi fishing industry.

Mar19

Shark net trial fails in Australia

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Shark net trial fails in Australia

The trial in Australia appears to have failed to prevent bull sharks entering swimming waters, but could potentially have a devastating impact on other marine life

Feb22

Plastic issue reaches brand new depths

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Plastic issue reaches brand new depths

Report finds that almost three quarters of deep sea fish have plastic particles in their bodies, highlighting the pervasiveness of the plastic issue.

Feb15

Report shows krill populations to be at risk

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Report shows krill populations to be at risk

Small crustaceans are a critical part of the ocean ecosystem and provide food for creatures of all sizes, from whales to penguins.

Feb07

Citizen scientists are the future!

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Citizen scientists are the future!

The work of citizen scientists, continues to be a crucial role in helping to understand the environment around us.

Feb05

Marine mammals under threat from micro plastics

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Marine mammals under threat from micro plastics

A new study has suggested that the risk from micro plastics to marine mammals is increasing and could even lead to extinction.

Feb01

Surge of plastic action brings hope of tipping point

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Surge of plastic action brings hope of tipping point

A raft of retailers and other businesses have announced action on limiting plastic waste, including some of ORCA's partners.

Jan23

Action taken in Gulf of St Lawrence

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Action taken in Gulf of St Lawrence

The area has had speed restrictions placed on it to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, with fourteen ships slapped with fines.

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