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Posted Wed Jun 24 2009: from World Wildlife Fund, via EurekAlert:
Disappearing dolphins clamour for attention at whale summit
Madeira, Portugal: Small whales are disappearing from the world's oceans and waterways as they fall victim to fishing gear, pollution, and habitat loss compounded by a lack of conservation measures such as those developed for great whales, according to a new WWF report. Small cetaceans: The Forgotten Whales, released today, states that inadequate conservation measures are pushing small cetaceans -- such as dolphins, porpoises and small whales -- toward extinction as their survival is overshadowed by efforts to save their larger cousins.... For example, the hunt of 16,000 Dall's porpoises every year in Japan is considered unsustainable. Yet several of the pro-whaling nations taking part in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting this week object to discussing small cetacean conservation.
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