HSI statement on further dolphin deaths off South Australia
Humane Society International (HSI) today expressed its horror at news that nine dolphins have been killed in past few months off the Western Eyre Peninsula in the gillnets of a shark fishery operating in Commonwealth waters off South Australia. This follows a similar level of dolphin deaths in 2011 which resulted in large areas of water closed off to fishing industry to protect dolphin populations.
“The continuing deaths of dolphins in this fishery is totally unacceptable and indicative of a much broader problem across the fishery,” said Alexia Wellbelove of HSI. “It is clear that the gillnet fishery operating in the waters off South Australia has significant impacts on marine mammals, including not only dolphins but also Australian Sea Lions.”
“The fishing industry must demonstrate it is doing everything it can to avoid the deaths of dolphins as expected by the public, and gillnets must be banned until more can be understood about the scale and impact on marine mammals.”
Further details regarding these dolphin deaths is being sought by HSI from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).