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Accidental Porpoise Slaughter
The tiny cousins of dolphins often get ignored by the media, possibly because they are small, quiet and don’t put on dramatic leaping displays. Yet in Norway, porpoises are being slaughtered in their thousands, although not, in this case, deliberately.
Norway’s gillnet fishing industry as it stands is unsustainable for several reasons, one of which is the enormous amount of bycatch – animals caught in the nets by accident. This includes nearly seven thousand harbour porpoises every year...