AUSTRALIA SEEKS RELEASE OF 170 DOLPHINS IN SOLOMONS

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SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, Aug. 14) - Federal
Environment Minister David Kemp says he is lobbying the Solomon Islands
Government to release 170 dolphins that are being held captive in waters off the
capital Honiara.

Around 25 dolphins were exported from the Solomons to Mexico
last month, despite a complaint from the Australian Government.

Kemp said the dolphins that remain are being held in overcrowded
conditions, and he has asked the Solomon Islands Fisheries Minister to order
their release.

"It seems there are no currently existing plans for any
further export of dolphins," Kemp said."We're not aware of any
countries which have given permission now to import any further of these
dolphins, so the dolphins are simply being held there in pens in the Solomons."

August 14, 2003

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