The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program is working with the Solomon Islands government to research the species of dolphins targeted in the live export trade.

The Marine Species Programme of SPREP focuses on 3 groups of sea animals which are of conservation concern in the pacific region the dugong, marine turtle and whales and dolphins.

The Marine Species Program Coordinator, Lui Bell, has told the Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation that there is no data on the species of dolphins that exist in Solomon Islands.

He says information is needed to see which species of dolphins exist in the Solomon Islands and to see if the ones which are being exported are facing the threat of becoming extinct.