Steps needed to stem accidental deaths of dolphins in North Sea UN

“Placing a clear limit on the levels of dolphins and porpoises being lost in fishing gear could play an important role in guaranteeing a recovery of these charismatic and intelligent marine mammals in European waters,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said in a statement on Saturday. The agency reports that members of an international conservation treaty – the Agreement on Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) – will press the European Commission to restrict the level of marine mammals that die after becoming entangled in nets to 1.7 per cent of their populations as a first step in improving their conservation. ASCOBANS hopes that these “by-catch” limits will be taken up when the Commission undertakes a review of its Common Fisheries Policy, set to be concluded in December 2002. “Studies indicate that in some parts of the North Sea and adjacent waters, such as the Celtic Sea, 6 per cent of small cetaceans are dying after becoming entangled in fishing nets,” Mr. Toepfer said. “This may amount to more than 2,000 harbour porpoises annually in the Celtic Sea. Scientists advise that this level of by-catch is unsustainable and threatens to undermine conservation efforts.” Mark Tasker, the chair of ASCOBANS, has noted that technologies such as “pingers” are available to help fishermen reduce the level of by-catch. Pingers are small devices attached to nets which emit sounds designed to warn marine animals of imminent danger. According to UNEP, tests in British and Danish waters indicate that the by-catch of small cetaceans can be cut by more than 90 per cent when pingers are used. read more

Last home match for Pick Szeged in 2013 Charity and Victory

pick szeged 2013 ← Previous Story Norway and Angola at the top – Spain beat Poland Next Story → Kielce began with recovery by convincing win in Zabrze Hungarian League leaders and the only 100% team Pick Szeged played their last home match in 2013 yesterday evening. Their opponents were mediocre newcomers Győr who, just like Szeged have a Spanish trainer. Pick Szeged’s management offered the total income of the match and the plush toys throw non court by the spectators to charity.The home team were the odds-on favourite to win the match and they started accordingly. Thanks to powerful play by Hungarian international pivot Zubai, they quickly managed to gain a substantial lead (10th minute 8-2). The guests were unable to keep the Szeged’s pace and were unsuccessful in stopping distant shots by Sulc and Balogh so the home team managed to obtain a serious lead by the end of the first 30 minutes (20-11).In the second half coach Pastor changed Pick’s defence to a 6-0 formation and offered all his players a chance to be on court. Ancsin scored some big goals from distance, Vranjes managed to cause much trouble in the opponent’s wall and Tatai made some great saves. In some cases he was very angry with his fellow players. Due to a lack of concentration, Szeged’s defense became soft, the players made far too many mistakes so the guests were able to keep the distance at 9-10 goals.Pick Szeged will play two more away matches this year. On Wednesday they will travel to No. 4 Tatabánya who recently signed Milorad Krivokapic and they will conclude this year against fifth-placed Balatonfüred on Saturday.Pick Szeged-SZESE Győr 35:25 (20:11)Best scorers: Zubai, Larholm, Ancsin (6) / Gebhardt (7)TEXT: Gábor Várkonyi read more