Kawahara-Commerson's fine

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Kawahara-Commerson's fine - fficial By EDMUND MAHONY MYSTIC An officer in a...
fficial By EDMUND MAHONY MYSTIC An officer in a Japanese firm that captures animals for zoos is being fined $7,500 for an attempt to ship four rare dolphins through New York. Three of the mammals have died and one is in critical condition. Joel Mat-Donald, a National Marine Fisheries attorney who levied the fine, said Friday he also will ask that the Kawahara Bird and Animal Trading Co. of Tokyo forfeit the remaining dolphin, which it was shipping to the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo. MacDonald said additional fines may be levied when the relationships between firms that captured, shipped and Rebuilding of State GOP To Start By JACK ZAIMAN Connecticut Republicans, after losing the gubernatorial election in November by 190,000 votes, will begin the task of rebuilding their organization at a major meeting Jan. 20 in New Haven. GOP State Chairman Frederick K. Biebel of Stratford confirmed Friday that he has written to all 169 Republican town chairmen in the state, inviting them to a meeting at the Graduates Club "to discuss the party's plans and strategy for the coming year." U.S. Sen. Lowell P. Weick-er, R-Conn., and U.S. Rep. Stewart B. McKinney of Fairfield, R-4th District, will participate in the meeting, which will be broken up into three sections. One group will meet at 9:30 a.m., another at 1 p.m. and the third at 3:30 p.m. "This will be the start of our rebuilding program," Biebel said. "We will discuss the 1979 town and city elections, our fund-raising program for the year and how to eradicate our deficit, and our need to run good candidates." In his letter to the municipal party leaders, Biebel said "we need input from as many town chairmen as possible." The state GOP has a deficit of more than $300,000 left over from the 1978 campaign, the largest deficit run Sub Completion Moved From Fined m planned to pay for the mammals are sorted out. Agents of the National Marine Fisheries Service, acting on a tip from an airline pilot, seized the four rare Commerson's dolphins Dec. 15 at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. Akiko Kawahara, who is being fined, and Maraki Mori, a representative of the Sunshine Aquarium, were accompanying the mammals to Tokyo from their habitat at the southern tip of South America. Shipped in Crates The dolphins were being transported in coffin-shaped, wooden crates that were lined with plastic. Three died at Jan. 20 up by any party in state election history. Lahey Appointment Judith A. Lahey of Glastonbury, a member of the state Freedom of Information Commission, is expected to be named shortly by Gov. Grasso as commission chairwoman. Helen M. Loy of West Hartford has notified the Governor she is relinquishing her chairwoman's post but will remain a commission member. The commission has five members. Houley Named Outgoing state Sen. Robert Northeast Utilities Sells2ofSeabrook By DAVID WESSEL Northeast Utilities, which has been trying for three years to sell its stake in the controversial Seabrook nuclear power plant project, finally managed to sell a small piece Friday. The utility said it sold a 2 percent interest in the twin New Hampshire nuclear plants to four other New England power companies for $11.4 million. Northeast still holds a 10 percent share of the Sea-brook project. Several Massachusetts companies have agreed to buy that investment but have delayed completion Dolphin and one is being treated at the Mystic Marinelife Aquarium. Aquarium officials said the dolphins appeared unfed and were floating in their wastes. They attributed the dolphins' poor health to the shipping conditions. New York attorney Jay Kaplowitz, who represents Ms. Kawahara, said the Japanese accompanying the dolphins believed the shipping conditions were proper. "The people in the U.S. felt they were not best for shipping dolphins and the people in Japan thought they were. They were just two bodies of knowledge that conflict," Kaplowitz said. Meeting D. Houley, D-Somers, has been appointed as an assistant at Democratic state headquarters to State Chairman John N. Dempsey Jr. In the meantime, Houley has filed an application with the Rocky Hill Veterans Hospital and Home Commission for consideration for appointment as commandant of the institution. The commission is meeting next month to name a successor to Robert J. Beckwith of Hartford, who retired from the $32,000-a-year commander's post last October after serving 13 years. construction costs as of Friday. Maine Public Service Vice President G. M. Hovey acknowledged the problems Seabrook has had and continues to have. "Certainly it worries us," he said, "but Seabrook, in our opinion, is the only game in town ... .We think it will be built. We think it's got to be built." Seabrook has cleared most of the regulatory hurdles, Hovey noted. But its prime owner. Public Service Co. of New Hampshire, is now facing severe financial problems because of the expensive nuclear construction Case Kaplowitz said his client has not decided whether to pay the fine or fight forfeiture of the dolphin. Both questions are subject to negotiation, he said. MacDonald said Ms. Kawahara could have been fined up to $10,000 for each dolphin shipped into the U.S. in violation of the Marine Mammals Protection Act of 1972. He recommended the reduced fine because she was not aware of the law that requires shipping permits and because she paid about $28,000 in shipping costs, ne saia. The Marine Fisheries Service cannot force payment of the fine or forfeiture of the dolphin, he said. If the fine is unpaid, any assets Ms. Kawahara's firm may have in this country will be attached, he said. The U.S. Justice Department can also take civil action to keep the dolphin, he said. Under Contract Neither MacDonald nor Kaplowitz knew Friday who captured the small black and white dolphins, but MacDonald said they were being shipped by a firm called American Fauna of Argentina. Both" said the Kawahara firm was under contract to the Sunshine Aquarium to capture two black and white dolphins. The animals were under consignment to the Sanwa Bank Ltd. of Tokyo, MacDonald said. Both attorneys suspect the bank was involved in a plan to pay lor the mammals. Neither knew what the Japanese aquarium agreed to pay upon delivery. MacDonald and officials at the Japanese Embassy in Washington denied a report that the embassy had demanded the U.S. Department of Commerce move to quickly ship the surviving dolphin to Japan. A spokesman in the office of U.S. Rep. Christopher J. Dodd, D-2nd District, who issued the report, attributed the information to a spokesman at the Mystic aquarium. MacDonald and Hideaki Koumazami, fisheries attache at the embassy, said he simply asked Commerce Department officials to explain to him provisions of the Marine Mammals Protection Act. MacDonald said he had assurances from the Commerce Department that the remaining dolphin would not be moved while still in poor health.

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  1. Hartford Courant,
  2. 30 Dec 1978, Sat,
  3. Page 56

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