Habitat loss and degradation

Loss of whale and dolphin habitat is directly linked to increasing human activity in and along marine environments.

Landfills, harbours, shipping channels, fisheries and aquaculture (fish farms) may all occupy or destroy areas that cetaceans need for feeding, resting and breeding.

Recreational use of marine areas, including resort development and increased boat traffic, may drive away the whales, dolphins and porpoises that would normally use an area.

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