In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.

Baba Dioum 1968

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The IWDG was founded in 1990 to establish an All-Ireland sighting and stranding scheme and to campaign for the declaration of Irish territorial waters as a whale and dolphin sanctuary. Since then, the group has grown in numbers to become what it is today, a diverse group of people from varying backgrounds with one thing in common, a passion for whales and dolphins and the marine environment.

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    How we protect the cetacean
    species and their habitats

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Fiona Cummins presents a poster at the World Marine Mammal Conference 2019 at Barcelona showing an increase in harbour porpoise detections occurred during dumping in Dublin Bay
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Congratulations to David Williams who is the next recipient of a Distinguished Contributors Award from the IWDG, for his valuable contributions to the IWDG Sighting scheme

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Fiona Cummins presenting her masters work at the World Marine Mammal Conference 2019 at Barcelona. Her work looked at the effect of dumping dredged material in Dublin Bay on harbour porpoise during the Dublin Porr ABR project.

She showed an increase in harbour porpoise detections occurred during dumping and used modelling to explore what might be causing this effect. Fiona work was carried out at GMIT on the Conservation Behaviour MSc and supported by the IWDG.

Attendance at the conference was made possible with support from Dublin Port and RPS. #WMMC19 @IWDGnews #dublinport #RPS #GMIT #conservationbehaviour
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Always great to have the opportunity to catch up with Irish and International colleagues at the World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona!

1. Some of the members of the Cape Verde expeditions (L to R): Katia, Simon, Conor, Pedrin and Beatrice
2. Simon Berrow and Dr Joy Reidenberg

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Seán, Mags and Fiona presenting their work at the World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona, the largest gathering of marine mammal biologists ever. Seán worked with the IWDG on laser photogrametry of common dolphins, Mags presenting the first year of the Necropsy project and Fiona on the effects of dredging on harbour porpoise. Well done Seán, Mags and Fiona. ... See MoreSee Less

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