Society for Dolphin Conservation Germany

german website: Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delphine GRD

Linked with Sign our petition against Faroese Pilot Whale hunts.

  • … was founded in 1991 as a non-profit organization by Rollo Gebhard, a famous German sailor and documentary filmmaker who sailed three times around the world.
  • GRD is dedicated to the conservation of wild dolphins and their habitats by supporting research, promoting public awareness and lobbying for better protection.
  • GRD works for a ban of ecologically unacceptable fishing practices, such as driftnets, which cause the senseless death of hundreds of thousands of dolphins, whales, seals, sharks, and seabirds every year, or setting purse-seine nets around dolphin schools to catch tuna … (english Homepage).

Projects: Dolphin Safe; /and: in Croatia; in Dominica; in Peru;
Magazine (different issues); Media; Donation;
in german: Rundbrief/Newsletter; Reisetipps; Lebensraum; Kampagnen; Fischerei Beifang; Aktionen, Proteste;
Address: Society for Dolphin Conservation Germany, Kornwegerstr. 37, 81375 München, Germany;
german Impressum; english Contact.

Fisheries, Bycatch: Alternative gear to reduce by-catch of sea birds and harbour porpoises in the Baltic Sea. 

Brief background information from study “Strategien zur Vermeidung von Beifang von Seevögeln und Meeressäugetieren in der Ostseefischerei” to be presented during the Fishery Council meeting (28th June 2010) by Magnus Ekeskog, fisheries secretariat, Stockholm).

Gillnets are often regarded as selective fishing methods by fishermen. However, this only refers to size and species selectivity for fish. Large mesh bottom set gillnets (mainly used to catch cod and turbot) and semi driftnets (used to catch salmon in Polish fisheries) are responsible for major by-catch of sea-birds and marine mammals such as the harbor porpoise. Annually, in Baltic Sea gillnet fishery about 100.000 birds are taken unintentionally. For most areas, figures for harbor porpoise by-catch are not available. In the German part of the Baltic annual strandings have increased from ~20 to ~150, of which at least 50 % are by-caught (indicated by net marks, cuts, etc.). In Poland, the target of the Jastarnia Plan of a maximum of 2 by-caught animals in the distribution area of the inner Baltic population are they may be sold nonetheless. This is yet another back door for the unfettered overexploitation of fish stocks!

… (read more /3 pdf pages download).

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