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MEXICO MAKES MOVE TO FURTHER PROTECT DOLPHINS

 MEXICO MAKES MOVE TO FURTHER PROTECT DOLPHINS
 NEW YORK, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move to deter the killing of


marine life, particularly the incidental slaughter of dolphins by tuna fishermen, President Carlos Salinas has sent a bill to Mexico's Senate that, if enacted, will modify the Criminal Code, and instill prison terms on anyone who intentionally captures or kills dolphins and other species of marine life that are considered endangered. The prison terms will range from six months to three years.
 In the bill proposal, President Salinas stresses that Mexico's campaign for a clean environment is vital. The fishing industry is very important to Mexico, and should be fostered, but "without harming marine life, particularly turtles and marine mammals."
 The bill is a complement to the National Program for the Protection of Dolphins, announced in September, in which government, fishermen and scientists coalesced to improve the regulations for tuna fishermen, to step up coverage of the Mexican tuna fleet by IATC-certified observers, and to encourage research -- for which the Mexican government has donated $1.25 million -- on tuna fishing techniques.
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 /CONTACT: Esmeralda Reyna of the Mexican Consulate, 212-689-0456/ CO: Mexican Consulate ST: IN: SU:


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