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One Scottish pair trawler took 20 dolphins in a single hall, and it is reported that a French pair trawler took 50 dolphins in a single haul. However, as there were no observers present on French trawlers, this figure cannot be substantiated.

April – June 2001: Government figures show a significant increase in the number of cetacean strandings, for England and Wales, in comparison with the figures for the same period in 2000, and 1999.
In 2001, the number of cetaceans which stranded on the beaches of Cornwall was the
second highest on record, the highest being in 1992.

January 1st – February 5th 2002: 109 cetaceans, principally common dolphins, stranded on the beaches of southern England.
350 dolphins stranded on the beaches of France, during the same period.
There have been many more strandings on the beaches of southern England since February 5th, and the figures are being collated.
150 dolphins stranded on one French beach, in 2 days.

Many of the animals that are found, display puncture wounds, made by fishermen in an attempt to make the bodies sink.
Many also have no heads or tail flukes, which we understand happens when fishermen remove the animals from the net or fish pump.
Post - mortem results have shown that some animals have been punctured whilst still alive.

Many dolphins die as a result of entanglement in purse seine nets, longlines, and other types of trawlers. However, there has been little research in European waters regarding these fishing methods, but evidence form the US, New Zealand and Australia suggests this to be the case.

January – April 2002 : Over 1000 dolphins, mainly common dolphins, were found on the beaches of Southwest England and Western France.

Pilot Whales

Pilot whales: There has been an alarming increase in the number of stranded pilot whales.

During the first three months of this year, there were numerous and substantiated reports of dead pilot whales floating in the seas off the south of England, Jersey, Guernsey, Ireland and France.
2 decomposed pilot whales were found in the net of a Cornish bottom trawler when it was hauled.

As mentioned earlier,
8 pilot whales were taken by 4 pairs of Irish pair trawlers.

2000 pilot whales are killed each year by the people of the Faeroe Islands, in an extremely cruel event called “The Grind”.

Minke Whales

During the first three months of this year, there were a number of reports of dead minke whales floating in the seas off the south coast of England.

In addition, hundreds of these whales are killed in European waters each year by Norwegian whalers.

It must be remembered that only a
very small percentage of the cetaceans, which have been killed in fishing nets, are ever found.
The vast majority sink.