Dolphins in danger
Posted by MelSkunk (Melissa Drake) on Wed 26 Mar 2003 - 09:59
Fishing is still killing dolphins, and conservationists worry that the damage could soon lead to extinction. Plans have been brought up to try high tech sound deterrants or net holes to keep dolphins out of fishing nets. But the best way to keep dolphins out of nets is to keep nets out of the sea.
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Fishing bans are unrealistic, although they'd be the ideal solution. They are unrealistic simply because fishermen and fishing industries would lobby extensively against them, because a ban, even a temporary one, would put people out of business.
There has got to be a way to make a fish net that catches fish, but not dolphins. Frankly I don't care if it catches less fish, dolphins are very important to the ecosystem and are rather intelligent too.
[Frankly I don't care if it catches less fish, dolphins are very important to the ecosystem and are rather intelligent too.]
I'm sure the fish the trollers are persuing with their nets are just as important to the eco-system.
I'd like to see a shift from a wild-caught fish industry to a "fish farm" style of solution. I don't know how feasible that is as sealife is notoriously fickle about the conditions it lives and grows in. It might prove to be too difficult to maintain the proper environment for such a solution to work out, but it'd be nice if we tried that before we fish some of the species into oblivion.
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