Dolphins rescued from captivity in Solomons

11:52 am on 6 November 2017

A joint-police and fisheries operation in Solomon Islands has rescued 20 dolphins from captivity.

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Photo: RNZ/Koroi Hawkins

Police also arrested 14 suspects from around Western Province.

They are alleged to have been operating a ring that illegally trapped the dolphins for export.

The Western province police commander, Mathias Lenialu, said his team released 20 dolphins and confiscated a number of traps.

Dolphin trapping, while illegal, is not uncommon in Western Province, where there have been disputes over it for years.