In a new report from the International Whaling Commission (CBI), it has been revealed that between 15,000 and 20,000 cetaceans die every year in Peruvian waters due to becoming entangled in fishing gear.
The estimated number of cetaceans, such as dolphins and porpoise, is quickly putting Peru has one of the nations with the highest rate of incidental capture of cetaceans.
“The CBI has taken the case of Peru as a priority. The country has the responsibility to adopt urgent conservation measures to prevent the extinction of these species. There are solutions to the problem, so we believe that working hand in hand with fishermen and the government, we can ensure the survival of the dolphins and porpoises that visit the country, “says Aimée Leslie, director of the Marine Program of the Global Fund for Nature (WWF Peru).
WWF Peru is looking at multiple options to reduce the total amount caught including the use of pingers which is suppose to keep cetaceans away from boats but does not always work or temporary closure of certain fishing areas that are known to be frequented by cetaceans to give them an opportunity to reproduce and allow populations to recover.