Set net ban extended to protect dolphins
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:26p.m.
By 3 News online staff
New measures aimed at protecting Maui’s dolphins have been announced.
Primary Industries Minister David Carter says that the existing recreational and commercial ban on set nets is to be extended out to two nautical miles along the Taranaki coast, from Pariokariwa Point down to Hawera.
The use of commercial set nets between two and seven nautical miles from the shore will also be prohibited unless an observer is on board the vessel.
“Maui’s dolphins are critically endangered, with an estimated 55 adult animals remaining. The Government is taking this action to protect these dolphins while the Threat Management Plan is reviewed. This will be completed by the end of November,” says Mr Carter.
“The Government is fully aware of the potential impact of this extended ban on the local fishing community which is why a review of the Threat Management Plan is needed.”
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