AFD presents ‘Envoy: Shark Cull’ Melbourne screening

Jan 15, 2021 by afdadmin
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Envoy: Shark Cull is a feature-length documentary narrated by Eric Bana which explores the importance of sharks while exposing the shocking truth behind the NSW and QLD state governments’ shark control program. Action for Dolphins is partnering with Envoy to host a screening of the ground-breaking documentary. Sharks are integral to maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems. View full story

Five ways to support dolphins this holiday season

Dec 18, 2020 by afdadmin
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2020 has been a year like no other. It’s been tough on all of us, but the holiday season is just around the corner and with it a well-deserved break. For many, this is a time to relax, unwind, and spend time catching up with loved ones. But it’s also a great opportunity to support View full story

Urge Sea World’s new owner to do better by dolphins

Dec 11, 2020 by afdadmin
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The petition On 26 November equity firm BGH Capital won the bid to take controlling majority over Village Roadshow, which owns Sea World in Queensland. For years Sea World has ignored calls to stop keeping dolphins in pools – but new ownership brings new opportunities for change. Which is why Action for Dolphins is urging View full story

Urging the Fisheries Minister to protect marine life

Nov 12, 2020 by afdadmin
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The numbers are shocking. In this year alone, 537 innocent animals have been trapped in Queensland’s shark nets and drumlines – only 13 survived. Drones are currently being trialled at five beaches in Queensland to spot sharks and alert swimmers. These trials are only due to run the trial until the end of November, but View full story

Launching “Minjerribah Mates” to protect marine life on North Stradbroke Island

Nov 10, 2020 by afdadmin
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Minjerribah, or North Stradbroke Island, is located on Queensland’s coast and is well known for its scenic headlands, rolling surf and white sandy beaches.  Many of the island’s 375,000 yearly visitors are drawn by its precious marine life, their trip not complete without a visit to Amity Point to hand-feed the resident dolphins. But this View full story

France to phase out dolphin captivity

Oct 29, 2020 by afdadmin
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By Zoe Bennett Late last month, French Ecology Minister Barbara Pompili announced a gradual end to dolphin and orca captivity. The three remaining marine parks in France  are now prohibited from breeding or importing cetaceans, and direct contact between animals and the general public is no longer permitted. No new parks will be built and View full story

Shark spotting drones are coming to a beach near you

Oct 09, 2020 by afdadmin
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AFD has met with council members, MPs, and decision makers in Queensland to advocate for non-lethal alternatives to shark nets and lethal drumlines. Late last month, the state government finally approved a trial of shark spotter drones.  This non-lethal technology is being used to identify sharks on five beaches in southern Queensland, the Sunshine Coast, View full story

The Taiji dolphin hunting season has started

Sep 08, 2020 by afdadmin
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On the 1st of September the annual Taiji dolphin hunting season began.  Last year’s hunting season was horrific. A shocking 130 drive hunts took place killing 560 dolphins and taking a further 180 for captivity.  Eight years ago AFD’s founder Sarah Lucas travelled to Taiji and witnessed the hunts first-hand. What she saw inspired her View full story

These belugas just made history.

Aug 27, 2020 by afdadmin
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Earlier this month two beluga whales were successfully released into a sea-pen sanctuary in Iceland. Little White and Little Grey made international headlines as they settled into their new home – the world’s first open water sanctuary for belugas. A beluga is lowered by sling into the world’s first beluga sanctuary. Photo credit: SEA LIFE View full story

11 shark mitigation technologies that better protect swimmers and marine life

Aug 06, 2020 by afdadmin
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The stats on marine animals killed in Australia’s shark nets are staggering. Between 2001 and 2020 shark nets and lethal drumlines caught an enormous 15,188 animals in Queensland alone, including turtles, dolphins, dugongs, and rays.  The technology behind shark nets was devised in the 30s and hasn’t been updated since. There are many solid and View full story