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US to introduce 'new' dolphin-swim-with law


The U.S. Agriculture Department will, on Friday (September 11) issue rules to protect dolphins at tourist attractions that allow people to swim with dolphins.

The rules have been condemned by US animal welfare and conservation organizations as weak and ineffectual.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) point out that the Agriculture Department has taken 3-1/2 years from its first proposal to make the regulations law.

Further news on new Australian law


Sydney Morning Herald September 7.

In Adelaide, the Environment Minister, Senator Hill, boosted efforts to protect dolphins after the recent shooting of two in the Port River.

Those found guilty of killing or injuring dolphins in Commonwealth waters will face up to two years jail and fines of up to $110,000 under the new plan. Actions that have a significant impact on a threatened species of dolphin, whether in State or Commonwealth waters, will attract fines of up to $550,000 for an individual and $5.5 million for a company.

Australia moves to further protect cetacean populations


Australia - September8, 1998 HEFTY FINES FOR DOLPHIN KILLERS

The Australian Government is to impose prison sentences of up to two
years for anyone convicted of killing dolphins in Australian waters.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill said that in the case of threatened
species, fines of up to five-million dollars for a corporation or half-a-million
dollars for individuals will be issued.

There has been little research on dolphin populations and the government

South Pacific Forum. Whales eat too much fish: Japan


Sydney Morning Herald August 27th, 1998

Palikir, Micronesia: Japan launched a major diplomatic offensive to wreck plans for a South Pacific whale sanctuary by arguing that whales would devestate the region's fish stocks if they were not killed, a leaked diplomatic cable revealed.

The 29th South Pacific Forum in the Federated States of Micronesia endorsed plans for the sanctuary yesterday, but only after a last-minute bid by Palau to give Japan the right to veto the sanctuary was rejected.

Support for a South Pacific Whale Sanctuary.


Media Release August 25, l998 Senator Robert Hill, Minister for the Environment, Australia.


An Australian and New Zealand initiative to increase protection for great whales has been supported by the South Pacific Forum.

The Forum meeting this week in the Federated States of Micronesia, has reiterated its support for the moratorium on commercial whaling and
supported
a proposal to establish a South Pacific Whale Sanctuary for great whales to complement the existing Indian and Southern Ocean sanctuaries.

Call for Whale Sanctuary


Australia - August26, 1998 <Picture>

CALL FOR WHALE SANCTUARY

Australia is calling for a South Pacific Whale Sanctuary, and along with New Zealand, will promote the idea at the next South Pacific Forum summit, as a step towards creating a global sanctuary.

Despite opposition from Japan, the Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, will urge other countries to support the idea at this week's forum in the Federated States of Micronesia.

US giant Enron pulls out of Karnali-Chisapani hydroelectric project


After nearly two years of doggedly pursuing the Karnali-Chisapani hydroelectric project in Nepal, the US gas and energy giant Enron Corp pulled out of the project earlier this summer, citing "changing trends in the international financial and power markets." Enron's bombshell decision came a mere 4 months after the company submitted a request for a licence to survey the 10,800 megawatt Karnali project. Back in September 1996, Enron had proposed investing US 6-9 billion dollars to develop the project with the intention of exporting the power to India and China.

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