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Society for the rescue of the Delphine e.V. (GRD)


Every year more than 300,000 whales and dolphins die as bycatch in fishing nets. In addition, marine mammals are threatened by hunting, overfishing, marine pollution, underwater noise, marine collisions or mass tourism. Since 1991, the company has been committed to the rescue of dolphins with their partners worldwide for the survival of endangered dolphins and the protection of their habitats.


Ghost networks pose a threat to marine biodiversity

In all seas there is a problem with marine pollution, including through ghost nets. Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been deliberately left behind or lost and as deadly traps-drifting in the ocean currents-unselective and, unfortunately, far too effective.

An estimated 640,000 tons of ghost nets kill more than 136,000 seals every year, sea lions, dolphins, whales and in addition millions of birds, turtles, fish and even much smaller organisms that are necessary for the marine ecosystem. Around 800 species worldwide are affected. The living beings are caught in the long-lived nets, and often drowning in an agonisingly high-quality way.

Ghost networks are an enormous threat to marine biodiversity!


Dolphin and forest protection project La Gomera

The waters off La Gomera and around the Canary Islands are among the most species-rich regions of this earth-still! 29 whale and dolphin species have already been documented here. Many of them are regularly observed.

But reckless whale watching, (such as in front of Tenerife), collisions with fast ferries, overfishing, and marine pollution endanger the survival of the dolphins and whales in front of La Gomera.

This marine area urgently needs to be protected from excessive use. And this is where the work of the project is based. This is why the development of protective concepts is one of its central tasks. In addition, the influence of the human being on the dolphins and whales in front of La Gomera is being investigated. This also serves to establish rules for sustainable whalewatching.


South Africa: Protection Project for Lead-Fares Dolphins

Since 2017, we have been supporting South African marine biologist Shanan Atkins and her team of Humpack Dolphin Research from Johannesburg and Richards Bay (KwaZulu-Natal). Together, we want to prevent the extinction of the lead-colored dolphins in South Africa.

Richards Bay is an important place and a bycatch hotspot for lead-colored dolphins. They like to come here and often here, and here they die too.

The Hainetze installed on the beaches of Richards Bay alone are responsible for 60 per cent of all incidental catches of lead-coloured dolphins in South Africa!

Further information about the donation partner "Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delphine e.V." can be found at the following link: https://www.delphinschutz.org/

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