Sunday, 21 October 2007 8:47 AM

The dolphin debtate

Solomon Islands have yet again come under overwhelming pressure from various International, Regional and even local counterparts on dolphin trade. People have over romanticized the existence of Dolphin, while it is true that we have responsibilities in various principles and declarations, it must not be used in a selective manner to shoot an infant trade in the Solomon Islands.

Sadly environmental campaigners, never question USA in relation to the Unite Nations Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) that have placed total ban on the use of underwater electronic communication that interferes with Dolphins signal system; in some instance have directed thousand of dolphins to shores. USA explains that they are used for military training so it is OK.

A few Dolphins, kept in certified condition, and a bit of money to the Solomon Islands economy is not bad at all. All we can do now is ensure that sustainability can be maintained by careful data management regime.

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