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By Peter Corkeron (20th April 2014) Dolphins in the genus Sousa, the humpback dolphins, occur in coastal waters of West Africa, around the Indian Ocean, and in SE Asia and Australia. A recent scientific paper starts to clarify the number of species in the genus. Martin...

By Francisco Viddi and Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete The Chilean government has recently approved the declaration of the Tic Toc Marine Park, located on Chile’s southern coast, off the Northern Patagonian Fjords. This marine park, in the waters of Corcovado Gulf, will protect of one of the most...

By Erich Hoyt and Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara 25 October 2013 The creation of the IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Area Task Force (MMPATF) was formally announced on 24 October 2013 by Dan Laffoley, World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara on behalf...

  The release last week of a newspaper article and accompanying video footage of dolphins in Peru being harpooned by fishermen and the flesh used as bait in the shark fishery has received considerable international attention<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2465575/Dolphins-killed-bait-catch-endangered-sharks-Peru.html>. The CSG has evidence that in addition to Peru, dolphins are,...

  [caption id="attachment_1522" align="alignright" width="300"] An alien environment for a deep diving species. Photographer: Tim Collins[/caption]   In 2008, approximately 100 melon-headed whales stranded in the Loza Lagoon system in Madagascar. The response effort was multi-faceted and included local people, government officials, conservation organisations and marine mammal experts....

Written by Dr Simon Elwen, of the Namibian Dolphin Project http://namibiandolphinproject.blogspot.co.uk/ On the 4th of May 2013, marine tour operators working in Walvis Bay, Namibia, reported an 'odd looking whale, possibly a gray whale' to local researchers running the Namibian Dolphin Project (NDP). A few years ago,...

  The Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis), the world’s only freshwater porpoise, has been upgraded to Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This follows the recent probable extinction of the other cetacean once found in China’s Yangtze River system, the Yangtze...

  On the 6th June 2013 the Government of Mexico took an important step to save the vaquita. The Mexican ‘Official Norm’ establishes shrimp fishing standards in Mexico and defines which gear is permitted in different zones of the country. The Government has adopted important modifications...

  Press Release Issued on 25 April 2013, by the Southern Right Whale Health Monitoring Program. Contact: Mariano Sironi – msironi(a)icb.org.ar; Max Pulsinelli – mpulsinelli(a)wcs.org The southern right whales that use Península Valdés, Argentina as a nursery ground have suffered the largest mortality event ever recorded for...