In Pakistan, a switch in fishing methods saves thousands of dolphins

In 2013, at least 12,000 dolphins were killed in Pakistani territorial waters in the Arabian Sea, caught in the massive nets cast by fishermen, Anadolu Agency reports. Those gill nets, locally known as “bither,” were notorious for their high level of bycatch. Pakistan’s territorial waters are home to 25 kinds of dolphins, notably spinner, bottlenose and tropical dolphins – and these endangered creatures were falling prey to the nets in massive numbers. In just five years, however, the number of dolphins killed had plunged exponentially to a mere 186. Behind that drastic reduction was a small but crucial shift from that conventional fishing method – subsurface gill nets instead of the surface ones. As part of a pioneering project launched […] Source

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