18 Oct 2007

Solomons company hopes for more live dolphin exports

1:28 pm on 18 October 2007

The Solomon Islands Marine Mammal Education Centre and Exporters Limited says if its live dolphin export to Dubai is successful, it will pave the way for more such shipments.

Two Emirates planes took off from the Honiara Airport last night with its cargo of 28 dolphins destined for the United Arab Emirates.

New Zealand and Australia have joined environmentalists to condemn the live exports.

The company's director, Robert Satu, says it took it four years to arrange and finalise the sale of these dolphins to Dubai.

Mr Satu says they are getting a better deal from this sale as compared to their first export of 28 dolphins to Mexico in 2002 when they fetched almost 900,000 US dollars.