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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 26) – International environmental group Earth Islands Institute has established its office in Honiara, Solomon Islands, with local environmental activist Lawrence Makili heading it.

In announcing the new appointment, Associate Director Mark Berman said Mr. Makili will be the director of the Earth Islands Institute International Dolphin-Safe Tuna Monitoring Programme for the Pacific Islands nations region.

[PIR editor’s note: Earth Island Institute and U.S. tuna companies established the "Dolphin Safe" label on tuna can in 1990. the label certifies that dolphins were not harmed in the catching of tuna, in 1990.]

Mr. Makili will be Earth Islands Institute’s representative for all operations related to inspections of all tuna products that are affiliated with the Dolphin Safe tuna companies on the Institute’s worldwide list.

His first assignment will be today when they visit the fishing boats off Honiara to monitor the safe tuna programme. Mr. Makili will have access to vessel stowage plans, captains’ statements for dolphin safe certification, the actual dolphin safe certificates, captains’ logs and cold storage of any career vessel.

He will also interview the crews of any tuna catcher or carrier vessel.

On cannery, Mr. Makili is to have access to the production line, warehouses, cold storage, quality control and docks where fish is off loaded.

Mr. Berman said Mr. Makili will also be given all records associated with the tuna fish catch and origin.

Mr. Berman said besides working with Soltai, Earth Islands Institute is now expanding to work with the fishing companies to make sure they do the right thing.

He said by doing that they are contributing to the development of the local economy.

January 27, 2006

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