May 3, 2006

Dozens of dolphins die in Black Sea fishing nets

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgarian police found 17 dead dolphins
near the country's Black Sea shore, bringing the total number
of the creatures washed ashore in the past two weeks to 56,
officials said on Wednesday.

Police said they had found the dead dolphins at the beaches
of Shabla and Krapets, near the border with Romania, adding
they did not suspect poaching.

"The dolphins died of drowning after entangling in fishing
nets," said Genoveva Gospodinova, spokeswoman of the Varna
regional office of the environment ministry.

The Balkan country banned fishing with nets from this month
but experts fear more dolphins will drown before all nets are

Romanian authorities found some 11 dead dolphins last month
and blamed their deaths on illegal fishing.