The sad end of Zafar, the dolphin who sought the company of men
In the “next world”, France has just been called to order by the European Commission, along with Spain and Sweden, for not providing assistance to endangered dolphins.The three countries “did not taken sufficient measures to monitor bycatch in their waters and by their fleets, "the EU executive said in a July 2 statement.The decision just happens to come shortly after the death of a dolphin ambassador well known to Britons: Zafar, caught by accident, found dead on a beach in the Netherlands during confinement.
To put an end to the "dolphin hecatomb" deplored by Sea Shepherd, the marine protection NGO behind the procedure, Paris, Madrid and Stockholm must propose a solution within three months.Their inaction would lead to referral.of the European Court of Justice.
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“The French authorities must be regarded as having delayed in implementing concrete actions in view of the observation of recurrent episodes, since the 1990s, accentuated since 2016, of excess cetacean mortality on the Atlantic coast, in particular in the Gulf of Gascony, the Commission said, this delay constitutes a failure of the State to respect its obligations under European Union law, in particular its obligation to protect cetaceans and control fishing activities."
Caught by accident
Already, in February, the European Commissioner for Fisheries had deemed "unacceptable" the number of so-called "by-catches" of protected cetaceans, among which there are often pregnant or lactating females, and young dolphins.Even more than plastic.drifting or climate change, fishing is indeed the greatest threat to the species.
Posted Date: 2020-10-04