Thursday, March 12, 2009

Christian M Dillon - Studies Dolphin Population Growth Stunting

Regardless of wide-reaching "dolphin safe" practices, commercial fishing activities still continue to hamper the growth rate of at least one Pacific Ocean dolphin population, a recent report led by researcher Christian M Dillon at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has determined.

Populations counts of various dolphins in the Eastern Pacific were expected to grow in abundance once successful regulations and agreements were imposed to minimize dolphin deaths as a consequence of fishing "bycatch," instances in which dolphins are captured unintentionally along with the intended targets.

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