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Legal complaint led the French government to protect dolphins and porpoises

Several environmental NGOs, including Sea Shepherd, have filed a legal complaint against the French government over the dolphin and porpoise deaths in the Bay of Biscay (Golfe de Gascogne) along the Atlantic coast. They accused the French government of insufficient protection of the species, which are in danger of disappearing.
Over a single week, more than 400 of the marine mammals were found stranded along the coast in an unprecedented number, the Pelagis Oceanographic Observatory of La Rochelle said in a report. The Observatory "estimates that between 5,000 and 10,000 cetaceans are trapped annually in French waters by the nets of fishing boats, where they die of asphyxiation". Only 20% of dead cetaceans wash up on beaches.
Following the complaint, France's top administrative court on Monday ordered the government to ban fishing in parts of the Atlantic to protect dolphins and porpoises. Most of the dolphins found showed injuries consistent with being caught in nets, other fishing equipment or boat engines.
More shockingly, two dolphin corpses washed up onto the shores of western France, last February, with anti-gay slurs carved into their skin. Large pieces of flesh were removed while the slurs were carved into them. Whoever committed the gruesome act appeared to also have an issue with “Sea Shepherd” whose name was carved on the dead dolphins, aong slur words for gay and bi men.
The French government has so far held back from imposing fishing bans, opting instead for solutions mitigating the impact of industrial fishing, such as onboard cameras or loud sound equipment to drive the dolphins away. The State Council ruled that instruments of "acoustic deterrence" on fishing boats "do not guarantee a favourable state of conservation for small cetacean species" including dolphins and porpoises, and ordered the government to ban fishing in parts of the Atlantic.
The French government has now six months to establish the no-fishing zones, and to boost the monitoring of accidental capture of dolphins which is not seriously implemented.

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  • Ajema Lydiah

    64 w

    this is the way to go

    • Gorffly mokua

      64 w

      Great news! But lets protect them before they die,.

      • Tabitha Kimani

        64 w

        The French government should have been proactive.

        • We Don't Have Time

          64 w

          Dear Jacqueline Marchelli Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to Sea Shepherd France and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time

          • Mc Kaka Official🇰🇪

            64 w

            Soo sad

            • Peter Karanga

              64 w

              In response to a legal complaint filed by environmental activists, the French government has taken measures to protect dolphins and porpoises in French waters. These measures, which were announced in 2018, include the creation of two nature reserves that cover almost 90,000 square kilometers of the French Exclusive Economic Zone. The government also instituted a series of management measures that specify how and when fishing vessels may operate in order to reduce the incidental bycatch of dolphins and porpoises. These measures were taken in order to help protect declining populations of these cetaceans.

              • Jane Wangui

                65 w

                We indeed got good news.But the price was too high - 400 dolphins.

                • Joseph Githinji

                  65 w

                  This should have happened a long time ago, anyway great regulations are in place. Let's hope there will be no more deaths of dolphins in France

                  • Hilda Wangui

                    65 w

                    Was it necessary for them to die so that action can be taken ??and solution to be given

                    • Munene Mugambi

                      65 w

                      Way to go France

                      • Sarah Chabane

                        65 w

                        This is great news! Too bad we had to wait for 400 dolphins to die to get there :(

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