A consultation on the UK’s first Dolphin and Porpoise Conservation Strategy has been launched.
Developed by the Scottish Government in collaboration with the UK Government, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive, the consultation sets out measures to protect nine of the most common dolphin, whale and porpoise species found in UK waters.
The strategy identifies a number of pressures where further research or additional management measures could help to improve the conservation of the marine mammals. It includes actions to:
improve our understanding of the impacts of pollutants, plastics and acoustic disturbance
increase research on marine mammal entanglements and develop strategies to reduce the threat
establish UK-wide approaches to managing wildlife tourism
help us better understand the physical conditions of supporting habitats and prey
The consultation will run until Monday 14 June and is available to view. The strategy aims to ensure effective management to achieve and/or maintain Favourable Conservation Status of the Harbour porpoise, Common dolphin, Atlantic white-sized dolphin, Bottlenose dolphin, White-beaked dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, Killer whale, Long-finned pilot whale and Minke whale.
For more information visit Scottish Government website