Author Archives: Gill Braulik

Amazon River dolphins in Brazil continue to be killed for fish bait

TweetIt has been known for some time that fishermen have been killing freshwater dolphins in the Amazon and using them as bait for catfish (Mintzer et al. 2013; Iriarte & Marmontel 2013; Brum et al. 2015).  A recent report from … Continue reading

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Latest SMM Taxonomy Committee List of Marine Mammal Species Includes Several Species-level Changes

TweetBy Thomas A. Jefferson and Patricia Rosel The Society for Marine Mammalogy’s Committee on Taxonomy publishes a list of marine mammal species of the world and updates it annually.  Recent revisions include many changes at the subspecies level, but here … Continue reading

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New SSC Panel: Advising on Dolphin Research and Conservation in China’s Pearl River Estuary

TweetA Steering Committee chaired by Randall Reeves, with Bob Brownell, Rohan Currey, Frances Gulland, Randall Wells and Wang Ding as the other members, was recently established to assist Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (OPCFHK) in a long-term effort to … Continue reading

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IUCN Letter to the Indian Minister of Environment – Concern over the impact of India’s National Waterways Act on Ganges River dolphins

TweetIn early April attention was drawn to India’s National Waterways Act 2016, which calls for massive reconfiguration of the Ganges and Brahmaputra river systems into inland waterways to facilitate transport cargo, coal, and industrial raw materials and to support tourism … Continue reading

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New film – “In search of Vaquita”

TweetAn excellent new film, called ‘Almas del Mar Vermilion: En Búsqueda de la Vaquita Marina‘ in Spanish, which describes the story of the vaquita, its decline and its conservation  is available at this link: and with English subtitles:

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Vaquita Update: Three documented deaths in one month, not good

TweetThree dead vaquitas were discovered and examined in the northern Gulf of California (Mexico) in March 2016: (1) a floating carcass found by researchers from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the Vaquita Refuge area on 4 March, (2) a … Continue reading

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December 2015 Vaquita Update

TweetMembers of the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita ​​(​CIRVA​)​ attending the Society for Marine Mammalogy​’s​ Biennial Conference in San Francisco took ​the opportunity​ to me​e​t briefly on ​16 December 2015. ​It was largely an informational meeting where participants received brief updates on several issues, including … Continue reading

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Progress achieved on natural ex situ conservation of the Yangtze finless porpoise

TweetProvided by Professor Wang Ding on 8 December 2015 While ex situ conservation has been seen as an important strategy for endangered terrestrial animals, it is still controversial for cetaceans. The Critically Endangered Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis) is … Continue reading

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Update on Vaquita Survey

TweetThe following news article provides an update on the vaquita survey which just ended:

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Capacity-building Workshop on Bycatch Held in Oman

Tweetarticle originally posted at:  Shark identification training for workshop participants at the fish market provided by Dr. Rima Jabado A capacity building workshop to support the implementation of the Regional Observer Scheme of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) was … Continue reading

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