EARTH Island Institute (EII) says Western Province is a dolphin safe area which should be congratulated for maintaining their stand.
Associate director of the institute Mark Berman said this following his visit to the province last week.
Mr Berman was in the country to conduct an audit in the operations of the Soltai Fishing and Processing Limited in Noro, which continued to maintain its dolphin safe policy.
Also during the visit, he certified the new joint venture tuna company, Western Fishing Company Limited, as dolphin safe, which means it's being recognised by Earth Islands.
By having the certificate the new company can export its products to any where in world.
The company, which is yet to operate, is owned by the Western Provincial Government and a Filipino company.
Mr Berman said Western Province has recognised the dolphin safe policy under the previous Alex Lokopio government.
The current government under George Lilo has maintained the policy in its government ordinance to stop any dolphin capture and trading in the provinces.
"So Western Province is now upholding a dolphin safe which other provinces should follow,"he said.
Mr Berman said another new tuna company is showing interest in investing in the province and there should be no problem with any investment opportunities there.
Mr Berman will visit the country next year as part of an ongoing auditing program to check on all tuna companies listed under the dolphin safe policy of Earth Islands.
By MOFFAT MAMU
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