Subject: dolphin:Large Schools of Dophins Cause (fwd)

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Date: Sat, 22 Mar 97 12:29:00 GMT 
Subject: Large Schools of Dophins Cause

Large Schools of Dophins Cause Trouble

   NICOSIA (March 21) XINHUA - Large schools of dolphins  have fled to
the Mediterranean in the wake of mass deaths in  the North Sea, causing
trouble for fishermen in Cyprus.
   Last week, Cypriot fishermen marched on the Presidential Palace
demanding compensation for damage to their nets caused by dolphins that
were caught in them.
   In a petition to President Glafcos Clerides, the fishermen said the
damage caused by the dolphins ran into hundreds of thousands of pounds
(one pound equals two U.S. dollars) and called for state money to cover
the costs.
   The fishermen say they find their nets damaged on a daily basis, but
are unable to take measures as dolphins are  protected animals under
Cyprus law.
   While demanding compensation, the fishermen called on the government to
take measures to keep the dolphins away from  the island's fishing
   For its part, the Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture
has been trying to find a solution to save the  nets and spare the
protected dolphins.
   Emilios Economou, an official at the Fisheries Department, told
Agriculture Committee at the House of Representatives Thursday that the
problem was not unique to Cyprus, but  affected the whole of the
Mediterranean. He said large schools  of dolphins, as many as 250 at a
time, were detected at  the Cyprus coast.
   He noted that the authorities had made numerous efforts to help
fishermen, seeking advice from the U.S., Russia and Tunisia.
   However, there has been little success so far, and one  such effort
involving the use of special equipment to scare  off the dolphins
actually ended up attracting them, he added.
   The official said a new research program on this was  now under way at
the University of Cyprus.
   But the fishermen insisted that they respected the fact  that dolphins
are a protected species, but they too wanted  protection from the