International Whaling CommissionScientists rebuke New Zealand over lack of protection for Maui's dolphins
For the third year in a row, the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC SC) deliberated on the urgent need to protect New Zealand’s Critically Endangered Maui’s dolphins. The Committee emphasized that current protection measures fall significantly short of recommendations made by the IWC in 2012, 2013 and reiterated its extreme concern about the ongoing decline of this tiny population. It’s the end of a love affair with New Zealand for many – including the scientific community. Read more about the IWC's urgent call for action to save Maui's dolphins.
IWC Scientists rebuke New Zealand over Maui's dolphins
We're holding our breath because William Trubridge's big day has arrived. In a few hours, William will try to go where no man has gone before: 102 meters down into the ocean and back to the surface on a single breath without help from weights or flippers. And what's more, William will not just attempt this world record to push his own boundaries to the very limit, he will also be diving to raise awareness about Maui's and Hector's dolphins. GO WILL!!! Read more
It's all going down today for world record freediver and Maui's and Hector's dolphin champion William Trubridge
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SAVE OUR MAUI'S DOLPHINS!
That's the poignant message from these New Zealand kids. Please take two minutes to sign this urgent petition to save the last 55 Maui's dolphins against deadly fishing nets before it's too late. There isn't much time and this might be the last chance we get to turn their fate around.
A government appointed panel of nine experts estimated that each year 4.97 Maui's dolphins die as a result of fishing. One of the experts was Dr David Middleton from the NZ Seafood Industry Council (SeaFIC). At 0.3 dolphins/yr, his estimate was a little different from the rest of the panellists; 18 times lower to be exact. Not only that, but Dr M was also a lot more certain of his guess work than any of the other experts (see left axis of the graph below). If we disregard this 'outlier' , the panel's estimate comes to a staggering 5.3 dead Maui's dolphins due to fishing each year. Maui's dolphins can only sustain one death every 10--23 years. It doesn't take a math genius to work out that even Dr Middleton's outlandish 0.3 fishing related fatalities/year condemn Maui's dolphins to extinction. Way to go SEAFIC! This would be quite funny, if it wasn’t so desperate. In its review of how Maui’s dolphins should be protected, the NZ government has ignored these results and offered nothing that would stop their extinction.
Over 65,000 signatures are delivered to the New Zealand Parliament
urging effective protection of Hector's and Maui's dolphins
urging effective protection of Hector's and Maui's dolphins
Government Fails to Address Extinction Crisis
New Zealand's Minister of Primary Industries, David Carter, just released his long awaited decision on interim measures to protect the last 55 individuals, of what used to be a 1,000 strong population of Maui's dolphins. Disappointingly, the Minister's decision not only discounts the advice of experts, international conservation groups and tens of thousands of members of the public, it also ignores the strong recommendation of his colleage, the Minister of Conservation. Read more ...
Fishing with gill and trawl nets has devastated the dolphins to a tiny remnant population on the west coast of the country's North Island.
Disappointingly, the Minister's decision not only ignored the advice of experts, international conservation groups and tens of thousands of members of the public
, the International Whaling Commission,
International Whaling Commission to debate New Zealand's Dolphin Negligence
Would you give up seafood from New Zealand to save Maui's and Hector's dolphins?
Hector's dolphins and their close relative the Maui’s dolphin live only in New Zealand and are both the smallest and rarest marine dolphins on earth. Entanglement in gill and trawl nets has devastated them to near extinction. Unless things change, they will become extinct.
Since he 1970s, Hector’s dolphin populations have dropped by more than 75% from 30,000 to just over 7,000. The situation is even worse for Maui’s dolphins, their North Island subspecies. With just some 55 animals and around 20 breeding females left, Maui's dolphins are facing imminent extinction.
Saving this species is a race against time that can only be won if the threat of fishing is removed from the dolphins’ habitat. But industry bodies have forcefully opposed every effort to protect these animals and even took the government to court on several occasions in an attempt to overturn protection measures.
Both the Conservation and Primary Industries ministers said they are not implementing immediate protection measures because they fear being sued by the industry. No one wants this. But no one should be allowed to intimidate a government into allowing a species to be wiped out. There are a mere 55 Maui's dolphins left. All other avenues have been explored. This would be the very last resort to persuade the industry that this is not o.k.
Conservation groups call for immediate action to save New Zealand’s Dolphins
Eighteen conservation organizations asked NZ Prime Minister John Key in a hand-delivered letter to take immediate action to protect Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins.
Among the NGOs imploring the government to act are organizations, which are part of the Whales Need US coalition – a collection of US-based organizations that are dedicated to cetacean protection. Though typically, focused on US issues, WNUS has joined forces with NABU International, Earth Race Conservation, and other New Zealand conservation organizations seeking the urgent protection for New Zealand’s imperilled dolphins. Read more ...
World record freediver Will Trubridge champions world’s rarest dolphin.
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Make a submission to the government for the protection of the last Maui's dolphins.
The government is proposing to extend the existing protected area and has asked for submissions from the public to guide their decision. They will only act if there is strong public support. It will take two minutes to send your submission to the NZ Minister of Primary Industries. Simply click on the link on the right and follow the instructions. The deadline is 11th April 2012.
Thank you for your support for the last surviving Maui’s dolphins!
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