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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.

Jan11

Plastic bag charge set to be extended

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Plastic bag charge set to be extended

The UK Government is expected to announce that the charge for single carrier bags is to be extended to all retailers in an announcement later this week.

Nov24

ORCA launch new Wildlife Officer programme

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ORCA launch new Wildlife Officer programme

Ferry operator CalMac has seconded a full time ORCA Wildlife Officer to help educate crew and passengers about marine life across the west coast.

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.

Jan16

Looking back at a tragic year for strandings

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Looking back at a tragic year for strandings

The recent death of a white-beaked dolphin found stranded on the Isle of Wight occured right on ORCA's doorstep, just across the Solent from our main offices in Portsmouth.

Jan11

Prime Minister to release details of 25 year plan

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Prime Minister to release details of 25 year plan

Prime Minister Theresa May will today release details of the UK Government’s long awaited 25 year plan for the environment, with early indications showing some positive steps being made but many details remaining unclear.

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