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

We’ve asked the new Noosa mayor to help remove shark nets.

Jun 01, 2020 by afdadmin
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AFD has been working to remove shark nets from Noosa’s main beach. Just last year these nets caught a baby humpback whale – which struggled for three hours while its mother waited by its side. Council elections were recently held in Noosa – congratulations to Clare Stewart for becoming the new Mayor! With the change View full story

Lighting the way to save dolphins

May 04, 2020 by afdadmin
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Fishing nets are the number one biggest threat to dolphins and porpoise worldwide. Every year, thousands are accidentally captured and killed in the UK. Their mutilated bodies wash up dead on beaches, tangled in nets or missing fins and tails. Image credit: Exeter University  Current legislation means fishing boats under 12 metres do not need View full story

8 ways to help dolphins during physical isolation

Apr 07, 2020 by afdadmin
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While it’s tough being stuck at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep busy saving marine life. There are many ways you can continue to help – read on to hear our top 8 ideas! Sign and share a petition  Signing a petition is one of the best ways you can stay active on key View full story

Virtual reality: The cruelty free dolphin experience

Jan 24, 2020 by afdadmin
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Using the technology of virtual reality people can experience the joy, beauty and awe of swimming with dolphins without supporting dolphin captivity.  Dolphin Swim Club is a non-profit foundation that has created a virtual reality experience to give people the opportunity to swim with dolphins from anywhere. It provides an alternative to dolphin-assisted therapies which 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

Japan changes law to increase commercial whaling operations

Dec 17, 2019 by afdadmin
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In 2018 Japan withdrew from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) before re-commencing commercial whaling in July. Now, in a series of hearings that took place throughout December, the government has revised its national whaling laws, re-packaging them as the Act on the Sustainable Use of Whales. Far from increasing sustainability, the actual goal of the View full story