plans to protect dolphins
plans to protect dolphins: Worldwide
over 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die unintentionally in
fishermen's hauls, according to a study released last year. In
response, European Union nations are considering requiring
fishermen to install acoustic "pingers" on their boats
to scare away the marine mammals. The rules would be applied in
the Baltic Sea, North Sea, English Channel, and other waters off
northern and western Europe; the new rules would also phase out
drift nets in the Baltic Sea. The pingers could cost up to $7,400
per boat, so some smaller boats may be exempted. But some fishing
organizations support the expense, since catching a dolphin or
porpoise can damage gear, and cost the boat in catch.
mulling measures to protect dolphins," Paul Ames,
Associated Press at Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 3/16/04.