Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


Nattaly Goff


commercial fishing, dolphin preservation, Conservation


There is a current debate in separate countries involving dolphin mortality rates and the commercial-fishing industry. The debate concerns balance between the fishing industries' need for trade and the conservationists' emphasis on the importance of environmental issues.

The central conflict between conservationists and the fishing industry is the use of driftnet fishing methods. Conservationists claim driftnet fishing methods devastate the population of dolphins as well as the population of many other marine species. On the other side of the issue, commercial fishermen claim their profitability and their free-trade rights are hindered by the enforcement of environmental policies.

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