Friday, October 14, 2005

Greenpeace lost dolphin challenge

The environmental group challenged a law passed in September 2004 that bans fishermen from using "pair trawling" within 12 miles of Britain's coasts. The practice involves two boats dragging a massive net between them to catch sea bass. Dolphins become trapped in the nets and drown.
However, Greenpeace argued the law drove fishermen out further into deeper waters, where there are even more dolphins, the BBC reported.

Justice Stanley Burnton gave Greenpeace leave to appeal his decision, and urged they do it before the start of the next fishing season.

The British and French fleets combined are estimated to drown more than 2,000 common dolphins a year, and the number is sure to grown with the 12-mile exclusion zone in place, Greenpeace said in a statement.

Quick "Facts about Dolphins"