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
96.4% 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 a low of 702
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