Saturday, May 27, 2006

Dolphin carnage!

FISHERMEN are behind an appalling rise in dolphin deaths along a popular coastal beauty spot, campaigners warned yesterday.

They say pair trawling, where nets are dragged between boats, is causing carnage.
About 126 dolphins died off Cornwall in the first three months of 2006 - at least one a day.
This compares with an average of 137 washed up for each of the previous four years.

Joana Doyle, of Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: "It's a disgrace. I'm surprised any are left."
The trust said the ban on pair trawling within 12 miles of UK waters is failing and has called for tighter regulations.

Ms Doyle added: "Dolphins feeding outside the area are just as likely to be caught as they don't know the limits."

Quick "Facts about Dolphins"