18 Mar 2009

Forum to discuss exports of dolphin from Solomon Islands

2:56 pm on 18 March 2009

The Ministry of Environment and Conservation in Solomon Islands is organizing a forum to discuss the capture and trade of indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins.

A forum will bring together representatives from government agencies, non-government organizations and others to openly share their views and concerns on the export of dolphins.

A statement from the Ministry said the forum is part of its continuing effort to ensure the export of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin is sustainable and conducted in a transparent fashion.

The Ministry said since international trade in the indo-pacific bottlenose dolphin began in 2003, there has been opposition to the legality and sustainability of the trade and the welfare of the captured animals.