Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Fishery to re-open soon after the dolphins deaths issue!

In South Australia, Port Lincoln's pilchard fishery could re-open within a week, despite reports of dolphin deaths.
The State Government closed the fishery on Thursday, after an independent survey found 19 dolphins had died in fishing nets over five months.
Agriculture Minister Rory Mcewan says the fishery could re-open soon for some operators to trial nets with special gates, to allow dolphins to be released.
But he says if they do not work, fishers will have to be prepared to release their entire catch.
"If you can't do it any other way you'll have to actually release the fish," he said.
"So the industry does accept it needs to modify its practices. We'll trial a number of them.
"Certainly we're not sure yet exactly what gear will work the best so we'll trial them and get back to the industry."


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