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Cetaceans: Conservation

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 115502, tabled on 23 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to introduce any new measures to (a) prevent the unintentional capture of dolphins, whales and porpoises in fishing nets and (b) require post-mortem examinations when dolphins, whales or porpoises die in fishing nets.

Answered on

30 November 2017

The Government is working with stakeholders to develop a UK Cetacean Bycatch Strategy to address the issue of unintentional capture of dolphins, whales and porpoises. The strategy will focus on implementing practical solutions in areas where there are high levels of bycatch.

The Government funds a widely respected UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme. This scheme carries out post-mortem examinations to investigate the causes of death of stranded cetaceans around the UK coast, improving our understanding of, and ability to tackle, key threats like bycatch.