Sources from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources revealed this to Solomon Star yesterday.
One source said that a team from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources was last week sent to observe and assess the people’s ongoing traditional hunting practices.
“More than 70 dolphins were hunted and killed last week when we (Fisheries team) were there,” the source said.
“There were in-fact two traditional hunts that took place-the first hunt I believe they caught around 40 dolphins,” he said.
When asked about the current dolphin ban, the source explained the ban only applies to life export,
“Traditional dolphin hunting is a way of life of many people in our coastal areas. The ban doesn’t apply to them but it restricts them to a certain number of dolphins caught during a particular hunt,” the source said.
He added that the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources is now currently working on a dolphin management plan to help restrict the number of dolphin catches in particular traditional hunts.
“We are now working on a management plan which will then be implemented and made aware to our coastal people.
“This will safeguard our dolphins stock,” he said.
This latest killing is likely to infuriate animal rights groups who have recently condemned the killing of up to a thousand dolphins in recent weeks.
The villagers kill the dolphins for their meat and teeth.
By Jeremy Inifiri
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