Category: AFD’s work

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

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

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

Letter to Queensland Premier re. shark control

Jan 20, 2020 by afdadmin
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13,000 animals were killed in Queensland’s lethal shark nets and drumlines last year. And more die every day. Getting these cruel traps out of the ocean should be a matter of urgency. Instead, the Queensland Premier just installed six new drumlines off the Gold Coast. Please take a minute to read our letter to the View full story

Open letter to the Minister for Environment – hand-feeding hurts

Dec 03, 2019 by afdadmin
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The recruitment has started. Monkey Mia in Western Australia has started ‘recruiting’ new wild dolphins into their hand-feeding program. And it is not ok. Science shows hand-feeding wild dolphins can lower their survival rates, increase their risk of injury and lead to higher calf mortality.  We’ve just delivered a letter (below) to the Minister for Environment in Western View full story

Hand-feeding Hurts

Nov 12, 2019 by afdadmin
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Every year up to 100,000 tourists visit Monkey Mia in Western Australia to hand-feed the resident dolphins. But this practice is harmful.  Science shows providing food to wild dolphins is bad for their health, wellbeing and long-term survival. Even as far back as the early 90s it was known that hand-feeding wild dolphins puts their View full story

How AFD is tackling ocean plastic

Sep 13, 2019 by afdadmin
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Ocean plastic pollution  The amount of plastic in our oceans is at an all time high, with 8 million pieces finding their way into water every year. In 2018, a shocking study estimated more than half of the world’s sea turtles have plastic in their stomach.  The problem with plastic is it takes a long View full story

Action for Dolphins hosts the Seaside Scavenge

Jul 02, 2019 by afdadmin
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On the 15th of June Action for Dolphins hosted one of Melbourne’s biggest beach cleans. Over 180 people joined us to clean up Frankston foreshore. The festival brought together numerous not-for-profits, local businesses and people from all over Melbourne.  The festival ran as a “trash for treasure” where attendees could trade rubbish collected for tokens View full story