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Earth Island Institute defends against claims by villagers killing dolphins

Earth Island Institute defends against claims by villagers killing dolphins

Updated 13 February 2013, 18:24 AEST

The Director of the program trying to stop the slaughter of dolphins in Solomon Islands has defended the US based conservation group, the Earth Island Institute, against claims made by village representatives it is not providing the funds it promised.

Last month Fanalei village on Malaita recommenenced its traditional dolphin kill, saying the institute had breached the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed three years ago.

That MOU was signed by three villages on Malaita, and it promised to provide project and development funding in return for the villages giving up the dolphin hunt.

But Fanalei is claiming the money is not forthcoming, while the institute says it was provided, but was taken by village representatives in the capital Honiara, and they have not accounted for how it was spent.

Since then there have been claim and counterclaim from both sides, and threats of court action.

As well concerns have been raised about the impact on Solomon Islands' tuna industry and its tourism.

Mark Berman is the Asssociate Director of the Institute's Marine Mammal Program, and he spoke to Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker:The Associate Director of the Marine Mammal Program at the Earth Island Institute Mark Berman

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