DRIFTNET FISHING ON THE BLACK SEA KILLING HUNDREDS OF DOLPHINS

The Bulgarian Black Sea shores are awash with small, mostly juvenile dolphins caught by fishermen’s driftnets, some a 100 miles long. These dead carcasses are cast back into the sea and subsequently washed up on the Bulgarian shore for all to see. Hundreds of them!

Fishing controls only cover a few miles out into the Black Sea so control over these fishing operations, some illegal in their own respective country, is very difficult.

Loose and abandoned driftnets just float about below the surface waiting for the unwary to approach all add to the growing problem.

Many countries border onto the Black Sea but a properly managed fishing system and good practices are not in place between these countries as they all compete for the same resources without proper safeguards or regards to the ultimate consequences.

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