14 Jan 2005

Solomon Islands bans export of dolphins

12:29 pm on 14 January 2005

Solomon Islands has banned the export of dolphins.

It comes after a worldwide outcry when 28 of the mammals were sold to Mexico last year.

The Solomons' fisheries minister, Paul Maenu, and the forests minister, David Holosivi, have declared an immediate ban.

Dorothy Wickham reports from the Solomons' capital, Honiara.

"The two ministers said the measures had been taken after concerns raised by the international community following exports of dolphins last year. This ministers said under this new policy, which cabinet approved yesterday, no dolphins will be exported from the country. The ministers said the new policy initiative does not and will not affect the domestic use of dolphins in Solomon Islands' traditional practices."