Welcome to Dolphin ARCHIVE! Link to the official YoD-Video Wild dolphins are intrinsically tied to our cultural history and awareness. Inhabiting the world's oceans and rivers, they are a living treasure of our blue planet. However, their survival is becoming increasingly difficult. To survive the 21st century, wild dolphins need clean and quiet oceans, marine protected areas and people who care. It must also be kept in mind that, ultimately, human survival too depends on intact ecosystems and biodiversity. The UN Convention on Migratory Species, together with its specialized agreements on dolphin conservation ACCOBAMS and ASCOBANS and the WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, have declared 2007 the Year of the Dolphin. The United Nations, Governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and the private sector, namely TUI, are building a strong alliance to achieve a common objective: to protect wild dolphins and create an ocean home that is safe from harm. Crucial elements in achieving this are educating to create awareness of dolphin species and their situation, alerting and informing decision makers and involving local communities. Therefore, the Year of the Dolphin will be part of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development. The campaign is also a tangible contribution towards meeting the goal of curbing the loss of wildlife by 2010, which all Governments have agreed on through the UN. The Patron of the Year of the Dolphin is H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. "The Year of the Dolphin gives me the opportunity to renew my firm commitment towards protecting marine biodiversity. With this strong initiative we can make a difference to save these fascinating marine mammals from the brink of extinction." H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco What is the YoD campaign about? The Year of the Dolphin campaign focuses on raising awareness of dolphins in the wild, the threats they face to their survival and actions that could help with their conservation and the protection of their habitats and ecosystems. As the campaign was developed under the aegis of the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals, whose mandate is the conservation of migratory wildlife, the campaign does not address or deal with captivity issues. We will be therefore welcoming the support of institutions and individuals that want to focus their proposed activities on wild dolphins and natural habitats, be it through educational activities, scientific research, fundraising or other activities.

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Portuguese swimmers Miguel Arrobas and Nuno Vicente appointed as Ambassadors of the yod2007.org - ARCHIVE - we love dolphin!

Olympic swimmer Miguel Arrobas and Nuno Vicente dedicated their crossing starting from the island of Berlenga Farilhoes to Peniche, to the cause of dolphin conservation.

Turbulent sea conditions made thecrossing much more difficult and challenging to the swimmers. Defying the waves,Nuno Vicente and Miguel Arrobas arrived after swimming for seven hours inAtlantic waters of only 13 C.

Enthusiastic supporters celebrated theswimmers upon their arrival in the port of Peniche. After having receivedsilver trophies in recognition of their outstanding performance from the Mayor ofthe town of Peniche, the YoD coordinator presented the official YoD Ambassadorcertificates to the athletes. Miguel Arrobas said: “We want to spread themessage that every one of us needs to make a contribution towards dolphinconservation.” Nuno Vicente added: “Dolphin populations are in decline on aglobal scale. Therefore we want to raise awareness about dolphins and thethreats they face.”

Curious dolphins take a good look at the swimmers on their way to Peniche

Both swimmers were escorted by curiousdolphins during the crossing. The event was supported by the Municipality ofPeniche, which had organized the World Children’s Day and World Animal Day in2007 drawing public attention to the yod2007.org - ARCHIVE - we love dolphin!. In the run up to the swim,both participants together with the Peniche Municipality had called upon companiesinvolved in the current 'Festival dos Sabores do Mar' to act as sponsors. Companieswere asked to donate 1 ? for every kilometre of the total crossing of 24kilometres. Miguel Arrobas and Nuno Vicente also contacted schools encouragingthem to present small projects such as drawings or short stories about the"Dolphins of Peniche".

The Portuguese version of the YoD Dolphin Manual was also launched at this event, and several hundred manuals were distributed to children. The Manual is available for download here.

Swimmers Miguel Arrobas (l.) and Nuno Vicente receive their nomination for YoD Special Ambassador from CMS's

The YoD campaign does not only rely on the Parties tothe Convention, but also on the personal commitment of outstanding individuals.During their crossing of the English Channel set for 9 August, Nuno Vicente andMiguel Arrobas want to renew their mission for dolphin conservation.

See some Portuguese TV footage of the event:

Report shown on the 20pm news on RTP 1

Report shown on RTP N

Report shown on RTP 2

Threats to dolphins

Dolphins are endangered species. Not only do they face threats from fisheries and bycatch, they are also threatened by pollution and deliberate hunts.

World of dolphins

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