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By Joy A. Rikimae

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 119, 2008) – Solomon Islands dolphin exporter Robert Satu yesterday signed an agreement with Western Provincial Government allowing him to fish in the province to sell overseas.

Mr Satu said the agreement would also allow him to provide for the market in Honiara City.

Under the arrangement, Mr Satu will be fishing and buying fish from locals to sell.

"My aim is to give money to the grassroots and I am prepared to help our local fishermen get maximum benefit from their catch," the local fisherman said.

Mr Satu said he would be buying fish from locals at a good price.

He will be using his boat "Send Grouper" to trade around Western Province.

Mr Satu said the boat, which he bought for AU$98,000 will be arriving in Gizo from Brisbane, Australia, next week.

The local fisherman also hoped to get another license from Western Province Government to supply tame dolphins to hotels in Gizo for tourists.

"This is part of attracting tourists to our islands," Mr Satu said.

Meanwhile, Mr Satu is now looking at exporting live dolphins to Singapore.

"I have switched from Dubai because Singapore offers a more attractive package for our market," Mr Satu said.

He said he now have 18 dolphins ready for export.

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