Tuesday, 15 September 2009 11:46 AM

Dolphin vs. tuna factory

Dear Editor, I will clarify once again the Earth Island Dolphin safe policy for canned tuna.

All companies that have signed a policy with EII commit to NO CHASE, NO NET ENCIRLCLEMENT, AND NO HARM OR KILLING OF DOLPHINS, AND NO DEALINGS WITH LIVE DOLPHIN CATCH AND TRADE.

Therefore, Earth Island will enforce this policy by stating any tuna that is processed on Guadalcanal WILL NOT BE DOLPHIN SAFE FOR EXPORT as long as dolphins are captured and sold from Guadalcanal.

Soltai, Trimarine, and NFD all comply as the Western Province of Solomons has declared dolphins to be protected from capture , and trade and any other harm. Guadalcanal can follow this lead by eliminating the dolphin pens and banning all captures of dolphins from this province.

Dong Won, Frabelle , and any other company seeking to invest in Guadalcanal will do so after the dolphin trade ends.

This is the policy of Earth Island, and need not be explained further. I rest my case and as far as I am concerned this debate is over.

Papau New Guinea has a very lucrative tuna investment from several companies and works with Earth Island . PNG has declared dolphins and whales to be protected species. No capture, killing or trade in cetaceans is allowed in PNG.

It is time for the Solomon Islands to follow PNG's lead.

Mark Berman
Earth Island Institute
USA

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this letter/article are those of Mark Berman and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solomon Times Online.

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