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Dolphin group in Moray Firth

Jan 31st, 2009 | By ssacn | Category: Other Organisations

CAMPAIGNERS have claimed a partial victory in their efforts to protect Scotland’s most famous school of dolphins which live in the Moray Firth, a Special Area of Conservation.

In December 2007, the UK Government announced that it was considering allowing exploration for oil and gas within the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation (SAC), a protected area which had been created especially to protect the vulnerable dolphins that live in the Moray Firth and along the north-east coast of Scotland.

The UK government has now decided to put any activity on hold for 2009, saying that more research needs to be carried out into the potential impact on the dolphins.

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) has been calling for such research to form the basis of licensing decisions in all UK waters for many years. Facing new UK and Scottish Marine Bills, the charity sees this as a positive step forward in informing the government decision making process.

A spokesperson said ““The bottlenose dolphins living in this area are incredibly vulnerable, and the UK governments work so far does not consider critical knowledge gaps on the effects of oil and gas developments or how different threats might interact together to affect animals and important habitats. However, the dolphins are extremely important to the people that live here, and they also attract many visitors and tourists to the area. WDCS will continue to campaign to ensure they are protected and have a future here in the Moray Firth.”

More information may be found here.

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