release on the introduction of the
AIDCP dolphin safe
first objective of the Agreement on the
International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP) is
to reduce incidental dolphin mortalities in the purse-seine
fishery in the eastern Pacific Ocean to levels approaching zero.
This Agreement and its predecessor, the 1992 La Jolla Agreement,
have been spectacularly successful in meeting this objective, as
shown by the reduction in mortality of dolphins incidental to
94% of all sets made on tuna associated with dolphins were
accomplished with no mortality or serious injury to the dolphins.
Furthermore, the total mortality of dolphins in the fishery has
been reduced from about 132,000 in 1986 to less than
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