Every year, thousands of dolphins accidentally drown in fishing nets.
Dolphins are generally social creatures that live in groups – called pods – which can contain hundreds of individuals. These charismatic and intelligent mammals are found in most oceans around the world – as well as in some of the world’s largest rivers.
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Your adoption really helps
Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They help fund projects to work with local communities to monitor dolphin movement and reduce human-dolphin conflict.
Protect these incredible animals and receive:
An optional soft toy to love forever.
Both Wild World and My Dolphins magazines will keep you up-to-date three times a year.
Packed with facts, bookmarks and stickers.
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Give a gift that will help protect the future of dolphins and their habitats
Dolphins can get accidentally caught or entangled in fishing gear and drown – this is known as bycatch.
In the ocean, noise travels further and louder under the water than it does in the air. Noise – from ship engines and seismic surveys – can stress and physically damage dolphins, and disrupt their natural behaviour and navigation.
Pollutants not only make dolphins sick, reducing their ability to fight infections and diseases, but also reduces the health of the habitat, and the ecosystems they’re part of.
Loss of prey
Overfishing of our seas is reducing dolphin prey, so they’re left with less to eat.
We campaign for marine legislation that protects our seas and ensures that developments and activities at sea have as minimal an impact on marine ecosystems as possible.
We also work with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in Scotland to learn more about dolphins, whales and porpoises around the UK – so we understand how to best protect them.
We’re working with fisheries managers and governments worldwide to create, implement and enforce more sustainable fishing practices that reduce bycatch. This includes introducing more selective fishing methods, improving regulations and altering fishing gear.
Together with Unilever, we established the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in 1997. MSC works with fisheries, retailers and others to identify and certify responsible and sustainable fishing practices around the world.
Your adoption and support will help us:
- ensure the new UK Marine and Coastal Access Act improves management of UK seas, whilst protecting our valuable marine life, including dolphins
- create more protected areas in key marine habitats
- support studies of dolphins in the Scottish Hebrides, including the Ileach dolphin pod
- promote ways to reduce the accidental ‘bycatch’ of dolphins by encouraging the use of selective fishing gear
- fund our other essential work around the world