Dolphin strandings reaching crisis point

Deadly fishermen’s nets to blame for spate of deaths, say rescuers

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A beached dolphin - Equinac claims many of the deaths are the result of indiscriminate fishing

By Richard Torné

A marine life rescue association has denounced the activities of fishermen following the latest spate of dolphin strandings along the coast of Almería.

More than six dolphins have been washed up along beaches in recent weeks – five were already dead while another died shortly afterwards.

All appeared to have a number of injuries consistent with violent trauma, including broken mandibles and cuts, which rescuers from the Equinac marine life association believe were most likely caused when the animals got entangled in fishing nets – victims of by-catch.

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