Consultation: UK Dolphin and Porpoise Conservation Strategy

Consultation Closes 14 Jun 2021

The Scottish Government, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Welsh Government, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Northern Ireland (DAERA) and the UK Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, have developed a UK-wide conservation strategy for dolphins, porpoises and minke whales.

The aim of the strategy is to ensure effective management to achieve and/or maintain favourable conservation status for nine of the most commonly found dolphin, porpoise and minke whale species in UK waters. It puts forward a series of high-level actions to deliver these outcomes, seeking a joined-up approach to management.

Collectively, they are seeking views on the assessments, evidence and actions proposed under this strategy. In particular, they would like comments on:

  1. Implementation of the strategy
  2. Evidence presented to support the assessments
  3. The assessment conclusions
  4. The proposed actions

Cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – are already protected in UK waters but the new strategy will enable research to better understand impacts on their conservation status and develop policies to offer additional protection.

For more information and to respond, follow this link.

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