Maui's Dolphin Submission
  • Petitioned Hon. David Carter

This petition was delivered to:

Minister for Primary Industries, New Zealand
Hon. David Carter

Maui's Dolphin Submission

    1. Petition by

      NABU International - Foundation for Nature

Maui’s dolphins are the rarest marine dolphin on earth. The species has experienced a dramatic decline and range contraction since the1970s. With more than ninety percent of their kind already lost, they have been reduced to a small, remnant population of some 55 individuals off the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. This equates to less than 20 breeding females. Extinction is imminent.

Fishing, specifically with gill and trawl nets, is the main cause of mortality for Maui’s dolphins.  It is therefore the prime factor obstructing their recovery.

In this severely depleted state, Maui’s dolphins can only cope with the death of one individual every 10 years. However, at least two Maui’s dolphin died between October 2011 and February 2012.  More fatalities are likely but have gone unreported.

Swift, decisive and uncompromising action is required to prevent any further deaths if Maui’s dolphins are to return from the very brink of extinction.  Trawling and the use of gillnets must be banned throughout their  range. Every day they are exposed to gill and trawl nets carries a risk we simply can’t afford.

The government is proposing to extend the existing protected area, but will do so only if there is strong public support.

By signing this petition you are making a formal submission to the NZ Minister of Primary Industries as part of his public consultation on this matter.

For more information check out www.hectorsdolphins.com.

Thank you for your support for the last surviving Maui’s dolphins!

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    • Bridget Munger RALEIGH, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      We MUST protect these animals before it's too late. Thousands of species are already lost forever-- we've learned too much and come too far to allow human greed and ignorance to drive animals into extinction.

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    • TIM LEE ERITH KENT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I think its a disgrace that some financial reasons are enough to keep on allowing these waters to be net fished..

      Why cant people see past greed for the greater good..

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    • Robert Heathcote HERVEY BAY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      to stop this needless killing off of one of the worlds most intelligent marine animals...

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    • SANDRA PAYNE LEICESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      BECAUSE IF WE DON'T DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT NOW.....THEY WILL BE EXTINCT..AND THAT WOULD BE SUCH A SHAME

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    • Bunny Swingle KANSASVILLE, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      To save these rare Dolphins. theres not many left.

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