ECOP - marine alert 23.01.2004

Wild dolphin capture in Africa


The Marine Connection has just received news that a
massive capture of wild Bottlenose dolphins is ongoing
in Guinea Bissau, West Africa. This would appear to be
very similar to the Solomon Islands captures that
occurred in 2003. Like the dolphins captured from the
wild in the Solomon Islands, these animals will be also

be sent to captive facilities - no doubt many will die
even before they are transported, due to shock and
stress.

Live capture "experts" reported to be contracted are
from the USA and Japan - unconfirmed reports state the
destination of these dolphins would be China and South
America - with the animals being transported out of
Bissau via charter plane. Early reports also give the
key person behind these transactions as being a
Canadian citizen.

Your help is vital to support our fight to stop these
captures. Please write/fax/email today, to protest
against these captures from the wild population. Your
support could help save the lives of
literally scores of dolphins and stop captures from the
wild in Africa to supply marine parks. We will post
further details as they become available.



CITES contacts:

Jim Armstrong
Deputy General CITES
email : jim.armstrong@unep.ch 
Tel: + 41 794770805

CITES Management authority of Guinea-Bissau
Direcção dos Serviços Florestais e Caça
Ministério da Agricultura, Pescas e Recursos Naturais
Caixa Postal 71
BISSAU
Tel: +245 22 30 40
Fax: +245 22 10 19

CITES Scientific Authority of Guinea-Bissau
Direcção dos Serviços Florestais e Caça
Ministério da Agricultura, Pescas e Recursos Naturais
Caixa Postal 71
BISSAU
Tel: +245 22 30 40
Fax: +245 22 10 19