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Netting Porpoise in Purse Seines

May 12, 1991

Concerning an article April 22 titled "Ecologists Honored for Their Work" by Connie Koenenn, I would like to point out an error regarding the type of net involved in Sam LaBudde's video footage showing porpoise being caught in a fishing net. The net in the video is a purse seine, not a drift net as stated in the article.

Most of the tuna of the world are caught in purse seines, not drift nets. The U. S. tuna fleet fishes with purse seines, but are the undisputed world leaders in lowering porpoise mortality associated with seining operations.

HAROLD L. STEPHEY

LONG BEACH

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