Fishers criticise dolphin set net ban
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 6:32p.m.
By Emma Jolliff
Maui's dolphins are critically endangered, with only an estimated 55 adult animals left.
The Government is now extending the set net ban along the Taranaki coast to protect them.
“[It's a] decision that I think balances the ability of the fishing industry to continue to make a living and yet responds to the universal concern about threats to this population,” says Primary Industries Minister David Carter.
Commercial and recreational set nets will be banned out to two nautical miles, but the World Wildlife Fund says it's a half measure.
“The Government hasn't even gone with its best identified option which would be out to 4 nautical miles, complete set net ban,” says WWF marine programme manager Rebecca Bird.
Ms Bird says fishing is the number one threat to Maui's dolphins.
“They had the opportunity and they've completely missed it.”
But Keith Mawson, Director of Egmont Seafoods is devastated by the change that has been made.
There's already 4200 square kilometres of coastline closed to protect the Maui's dolphin.
“This last closure could be the last nail in the coffin for a lot of our local fishers,” says Mr Mawson.
WWF says it's the final chance to save the dolphins.
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11/07/2012 7:34:23 p.m.
If your job relies on sending a species to extinction through bycatch, then I think it's a good thing you lose that job. New Zealand could be the second country after China to make a dolphin species extinct. That is just horrific.
7/07/2012 8:44:17 a.m.
Oh look if they can’t fish without endangering or destroying an entire species of dolphin then they should get lost and find a new jobs.
28/06/2012 8:35:32 p.m.
Mr Mawson, There are only 55 Maui dolphin left on the entire planet.There are currently around 6,840,507,003 people.What is important to your children?
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