^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 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 1997 17:40:00 GMT From: email@example.com Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.UVIC.CA> To: MARMAM@UVVM.UVIC.CA Subject: Demand for aphrodisiac may pus Demand for aphrodisiac may push sea lion culling LIMA, March 21 (Reuter) - Peruvian fishermen seeking to cull net-ravaging sea lions only want to make money by selling the sea mammals' genitals to Asians who use them as aphrodisiacs, a local conservation group charged on Friday. "They have received offers by Koreans to sell their genitals, to which they attribute aphrodisiacal powers," Rosario Quintanilla, president of Crusade for Life, said. Fishermen also aim to sell sea lion meat, canned or in sausages, to supplement their livelihood fishing for sardines, anchovy and other species along Peru's rich Pacific coastal waters, she added. While most Peruvians adore the playful, whiskered sea lions, Lima fishermen last week asked the government for permission to kill a limited number. They contend the animals tear nets and cause the loss of thousands of tons of fish every year. "They eat the fish and break the nets trying to get them out," fisherman Carlos Sanchez told local daily El Sol. The National Archaeological Maritime Institute says 100,000 sea lions live along Peru's nearly 1,900 miles (3,000 kms) of coastline. Quintanilla maintains the population is not large enough to warrant a culling and fishermen should clarify their intentions. The Fisheries Ministry is considering a pilot programme that would allow the killing of 60 sea lions. But a ministry adviser said officials are mulling all options for resolving the seal problem and that "the solution will not necessarily be the culling."