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4 May 06
Dozens of Dolphins Die in Black Sea Fishing Nets
SOFIA - 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 removed. Romanian authorities found some 11 dead dolphins last month and blamed their deaths on illegal fishing.
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