UK hotspots for sharks, dolphins and whales ‘need legal protection’

Basking sharks and harbour porpoises among species at risk from boat tours and fishing, says Wildlife Trusts

The threat to dolphins, porpoises, whales and sharks from boat tours, windfarm construction and fishing nets around British shores has prompted conservationists to call for legal protections of hotspots to preserve such marine megafauna.

The Wildlife Trusts identified 17 hotspots of wildlife, from harbour porpoises in Cardigan Bay on the west coast to white-beaked dolphins on the east at Dogger Bank, where the 29 species of cetaceans and sharks that inhabit UK waters are most commonly found.

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