Unknown dolphin poachers infiltrate Azov Sea

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Crimean border guards are stepping up in the fight against poachers in the Azov Sea. According to the press service of the FSB’s border guard service, the service will demand compliance with the rules of fishing in the inland waters of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, including by Ukrainian seamen.

In 2018, poaching has already led to the death of more than 70  bottlenose dolphins in the Azov sea. As discovered by environmentalist groups, the animals died by being caught in fishing nets and dismembered. In the photos presented, the mutilated animals had cut off fins and heads, and organs removed from bellies.

Even though it has never been proven by science, it is known that bladders are thought to have health properties – but only in China. Until the individuals responsible are found, it is not clear if poachers in this part of the world are working for a more international poaching ring or are independent of them.

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The Azov Sea borders the jurisdiction of the Ukraine, Russia and the Crimean Peninsula.  Over the past month, several Russian vessels have been detained by Ukrainian authorities. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has officially warned of the risk of unregulated piracy in the sea of Azov for any vessel that is flying a Russian flag, or a flag of another country that has previously docked in Crimea.

Source Vesti
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