Immediate action needed to save Maui's dolphin - Forest and Bird
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:50a.m.
A review of the plan to save the critically endangered Maui's dolphin won't do enough to protect it, Forest and Bird says.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on Monday said it was bringing forward the review of the threat management plan for the dolphin, of which an estimated 55 older than one year remain.
MPI's resource management and programmes deputy director general Scott Gallacher says the review will consider all known human-induced threats to the dolphins, how the threats can be mitigated and research priorities.
It acknowledges fishing-related threats are the most critical threat to the dolphins, but Forest and Bird marine conservation advocate Katrina Subedar says MPI's options don't do enough to remove fishing threats.
She says the Government needs to immediately ban all gill nets and trawlers offshore to the 100m depth contour, and within all harbours along the west coast of the North Island.
"We have already had one death in January. Given the few remaining Maui's left, we can't afford to lose a single dolphin," Ms Subedar said.
"So why doesn't this Government take this threat seriously?"
The Government incurred the wrath of conservationists last week when it was the only dissenting vote against a poll at the International Union for Conservation of Nature in South Korea calling for increased protection for dolphins.
"The world is watching New Zealand and we can't afford not to take immediate action," Ms Subedar said.
The Government extended set net bans along the Taranaki coast in June, and banned the use of commercial set nets between two and seven nautical miles in the area unless there is an observer on board fishing boats.
The public can make submissions on the plan to the MPI or the Department of Conservation until November 12.
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26/09/2012 10:22:11 p.m.
My neighbours dog was accussed of eating their neighbours cat, dog got in-pounded with no proof. The dog's owners eventually got their dog back, less $70 to release it. That dog was sucurely fastned to it's house as well. Why is it that a freakin cat has more rights than rare endemic dolphin?
25/09/2012 8:53:52 p.m.
common sense wrote:
I dont know why the media even give Forest and Bird the time of day. It wouldnt mstter if we evacuated the planet we still wouldnt have done enough to satisfy this bunch of clowns. The dolphin caughr in january wasnt identified as a Maui dolphin by enyone who saw it. It wasnt in there known range, they just come out with this rubbish.
25/09/2012 8:28:45 p.m.
Anna Dahlberg wrote:
Shame on you John Key and National!! Is this something you want to be remembered for? The extinction of one of our beautiful dolphins all for the all mighty $!! Very sad!
25/09/2012 4:50:01 p.m.
Our planet is in danger wrote:
This shows how concerned our government is about the future if they are the only ones in the world who dont see the value in saving dolphins. I guess the money god is more important and the future be damned.
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