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Save Dolphins From Fishing Nets

Save Dolphins From Fishing Nets


Written by Rachael Prokop, online marketing and social media associate at Oceana

Large fishing nets are like invisible walls in the ocean. They’ll catch anything big enough to get its fins tangled in the lines. Often, that means dolphins.

Accidentally-caught animals are called “bycatch” by the industry, and it’s a very common phenomenon. Hundreds of dolphins are caught every year off US shores, and many drown before they are rescued. A dolphin can hold its breath for a long time by human standards — about 15 minutes — but nets may remain in the water for much longer than that.

And dolphins travel in pods, so when one gets caught, its family members might follow suit. Many times mothers and calves find themselves trapped together, unable to rise for air. Dolphins are intelligent and emotional — there’s even evidence that they grieve for lost family members. Drowning in a net is a tragic end for such a smart, social animal.

There are regulations in place to minimize these deaths, but it’s not enough. No one knows for sure how many dolphins are caught and killed every year, and without that baseline itís hard to set limits. We here at Oceana are working to ensure that fishery managers minimize the deaths of dolphins and other marine mammals, count the dolphins they do catch and stay within the set limits.


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2:38AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

They deserve it

1:47PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

bycatch mishaps really PISS ME OFF

10:27AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

thats so sad

10:23AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

How sad and it's such a shame that this happens. We need to find a way to stop this from happening.

7:51AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

This is a HUGE problem that we need to deal with!
Boycott fish! They've become pretty toxic anyway!
(what's left of them from "over-fishing"!!!)

12:18AM PDT on May 14, 2012

thanks for info

10:24AM PDT on May 13, 2012

Tutto questo dovrebbe finire.

1:00AM PDT on May 12, 2012

this must be an end

1:07PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

these poor creatures dont deserve to die this cruel death

7:31AM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

thanks for sharing

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