Sea Shepherd captures footage of dolphins killed in fishing nets off French Atlantic Coast

A dolphin killed in the net of French fishing trawlers was captured on film just before dawn on Wednesday, February 27, by Sea Shepherd’s M/Y Sam Simon crew while patrolling fishing areas in France’s Bay of Biscay.

The dolphin was caught by two French trawlers off the coast of Lacanau using a pelagic trawling method that deploys a huge funnel-shaped net in the water between two vessels, known to be non-selective and particularly destructive on the spawning grounds of the sea bass where dolphins swim.

After following the vessels for a few hours without them releasing the dolphin into the water, Sea Shepherd’s ship crossed the floating body of a smaller dolphin showing traces of nets and hooks. It was brought onboard and retrieved in port by the Pelagis Scientific Observatory for an autopsy.

Sea Shepherd’s Operation Dolphin ByCatch aims to expose dolphin deaths off the Atlantic Coast to put pressure on the French government to require fisheries observers on all commercial fishing vessels, enforce the accurate reporting of bycatch, and ban fishing practices that unnecessarily result in thousands of dolphins killed as bycatch every year. For more information about this campaign:

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