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Taiwan Quick Take: Dolphin catchers nabbed

The coast guard yesterday caught a Vietnamese fishing boat that was fishing illegally for dolphins in Taiwanese waters, seizing about 300kg of dolphin meat, after stopping the boat in waters off Yunlin County. According to the coast guard, they found a whole dolphin carcass weighing around 280kg on the boat as well as 20kg of dolphin meat. Several of the Vietnamese fishermen who were arrested claimed they had been fishing in Chinese waters, and said they were unaware they had strayed into Taiwanese waters. They told Coast Guard officials that the meat was being used as bait to catch sharks. As dolphins are a protected species, the Coast Guard charged them with violating laws governing wildlife conservation.

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