This note will focus on the killing of dolphins in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) where the majority of fishing-related dolphin deaths occur. Part II will explain past and present fishing methods and discuss how the development of fishing technology has caused a serious depletion of dolphin stock at an alarming rate. Part III will address the United States' response to the situation through the promulgation of legislation designed to limit the total number of dolphins killed. Part IV will focus on initial steps taken by the international community that serve to supplement and extend laws already existing on the national level. Part V will offer possible solutions by which to reduce the dolphin mortality rate in the ETP. Finally, Part VI will conclude by discussing the need for increased international cooperation to halt the current slaughter of dolphins.



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