A proposed SB$80 million dollar [US$10.3 million] tuna processing plant in Solomon Islands is threatened by ongoing dolphin exports from the country.
The Solomon Star reports that Frabelle Tuna Corp has threatened to reconsider their plan to establish a processing plant at Tenaru, East Guadalcanal because of the planned export of 25 bottlenose dolphins from Solomon Islands to China.
‘It is time for this government to enter the 21st century and end this trade in dolphins once and for all,’ a company representative apparently told delegates to the Pacific Tuna Conference last week.
Frabelle is based in Navatas City, Manila and has a fleet of tuna purse seine vessels and support vessels operating in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island nations.
They have canning facilities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Indonesia with markets in American Samoa, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain and Thailand.