^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ J. Michael Williamson Principal Investigator-WhaleNet <http://whale.wheelock.edu> Associate Professor-Science Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 voice: 617.734.5200, ext. 256 fax: 617.734.8666, or 617.566.7369 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Sat, 22 Mar 97 12:29:00 GMT From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 areas. 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 state.