Sunday, March 28, 2010

Whales, dolphins and porpoises threatened by over-fishing

Beached Taiwan Pink Dolphin at Sinpu in Tonghsiao township, Miaoli County, Taiwan 25 September 2009:- Photo Coast Guard Administration

"For many years, fisheries activities have increasingly placed pressure on the world’s fish stocks, but a recent scientific report, launched this week by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS), outlines the gravity of the consequences for another group of animals: the toothed whales."

See the rest of this article by the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on their website.

Entanglement is one of the five major threats to the critically endangered Taiwan Pink Dolphins. Last September saw the death by drowning of a Taiwan Pink Dolphin that almost certainly resulted from entanglement in fishing gear.

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