Category: AFD’s work

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

AFD are taking on shark nets in Noosa

Jun 27, 2019 by afdadmin
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Shark nets indiscriminately catch anything that swims into them. Between 2001 and 2017 the nets in Noosa killed 143 innocent marine animals, including 26 dolphins.  That’s why AFD are urging the Queensland Government to invest in alternatives, and we’re starting with Noosa.  There is no conclusive evidence to prove these nets protect swimmers and non-lethal View full story

Three ways to Stick it to Sea World

May 09, 2019 by afdadmin
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This Saturday May 11 marks the seventh annual Empty the Tanks Day. This is a global and peaceful movement aiming to bring an end to dolphin and whale captivity. There is a wealth of science pointing to the fact dolphins suffer in concrete pools. It’s time Australia phased out this cruel practice. AFD will be View full story

Migaloo 2 Captain has an important message

Apr 16, 2019 by afdadmin
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Dean Jefferys has probably spent more of his life at sea than on land. He has a special connection to the ocean and its inhabitants. Dean has travelled far and wide in his ship, Migaloo 2 and campaigns tirelessly for ocean conservation. He is particularly passionate about the devastating effect of shark nets. CLICK HERE View full story

BREAKING: Coffs Harbour dolphins will be the last in captivity in NSW

Mar 14, 2019 by afdadmin
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Fantastic news Dolphin Defenders! On the 14th March 2019, Dolphin Marine Conservation Park (formerly ‘Dolphin Marine Magic’) announced they will no longer breed dolphins, ensuring the five dolphins currently in pools will be the last generation under human care in NSW. Action for Dolphins has long been campaigning for an end to captive breeding, and View full story