New Zealand Government: Build a Rehab facility for Stranded Cetaceans in New Zealand
  • Petitioned The New Zealand Department of Conservation

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The New Zealand Department of Conservation
New Zealand Embassy-Washington D.C
US Ambassador to New Zealand
Prime Minister of New Zealand
John Key

New Zealand Government: Build a Rehab facility for Stranded Cetaceans in New Zealand

    1. Jenna Deedy
    2. Petition by

      Jenna Deedy

      Nashua, NH

Every year, about 300 whales and dolphins strand on the New Zealand coastline and many of these strandings involve mass pods of animals who follow old, sick or injured pod members to shallow waters were the animals eventually beach themselves usually to death. This makes New Zealand have the highest cetacean stranding rate in the entire world, but when they do strand, there is no rehab facility for them to go to and in many cases, most of the weakest animals are euthanize at the scene while the few healthy survivors are released back to sea. However, that can change if the country chooses to establish a rehab facility. While the country does have a stranding network and a small number of non-profit groups that do get involve in rescue efforts, New Zealand has yet to have rescue and rehab facility that would serve as hospital for sick stranded marine mammals who are in great need to rehabilitation. Having a rehab facility would cut the usual stranding mortality in half by fifty percent or even more thanks to the expertise of veterinarians who have a strong knowledge in marine veterinary science.

In addition, the rehab facility could serve as a haven for the endangered Maui and Hector's dolphins, the most endangered species of dolphin in the world that are being threatened by fishery conflict in New Zealand waters. The animals would come to facility would be rescued from entanglement and be given the chance to be rehabilitated with hopes of being one day released back into the wild. It would also be used to rehab other cetacean species that get stranded too like killer whales, dolphins, beaked whales, and even pilot whales. As for the animals that are deemed “non-releasable”, the facility would have a choice of either keeping the animal to serve as an ambassador for their species and educate the public about their kind, or move them elsewhere.

The Proposed facility's set up would be a sea pen care station that would be located off Wakatane, NZ in the Bay of Plenty. Operated as a non-profit, the sea pen's setting would be similar to that of the Grassy Key-based Dolphin Research Center with the management being very similar to that of many US marine life rehabilitation facilities. It would also follow rehabilitation guidelines that have been established in the United States and Western Europe with staff of professionals with years of experience in rehabilitating the animals and animal care, as well as it's own stranding network to respond to rescues offshore.

Having a rehab facility in New Zealand would not only benefit the country and it's conservation efforts, but also, it would benefit the hundreds of stranded cetaceans that strand on New Zealand's coastline, including endangered Maui's dolphins that would otherwise have died. It's time for New Zealand to establish a rehab facility for stranded marine mammals.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Scientists call for seismic testing ban to protect the world’s rarest dolph

      Jenna Deedy
      Petition Organizer

      Some of the world’s leading marine mammal scientists are calling on the New Zealand government to stop and ban seismic testing in the habitat of the world’s rarest sub-species of dolphin. With just 55 thought to be remaining the Maui’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui) lives off the west coast of North Island in New Zealand. The scientists believe that noise from the seismic testing could damage the hearing of the dolphins and also drive them into fishing grounds where they could be caught in nets.

      In a letter to New Zealand’s Prime Minister, the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) urges the government to immediately halt seismic testing in Maui’s dolphin habitat. With a membership of some 2,000 scientists from 60 countries, the SMM is the world’s largest professional body dedicated to research on marine mammals and the ecosystems that support them.


      Scientists call for seismic testing ban to protect the world's rarest dolphins

      Some of the world's leading marine mammal scientists are calling on the New Zealand government to stop and ban seismic testing in the habitat of the world's rarest sub-species of dolphin. With just 55 thought to be remaining the Maui's dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui) lives o

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Maui's dolphin swimming in sea of trouble

      Jenna Deedy
      Petition Organizer

      New measures to protect Maui's dolphins suggest the Government is responding to international fears for the diminutive dolphin found only in New Zealand waters. But is it too little, too late?

      If the world's most endangered dolphin has any awareness of its plight, it would do well to make itself known to the Taranaki fishing fleet right now. Since July, the five set-net fishing boats out of New Plymouth have been barred from fishing within two nautical miles of shore, where the rig and blue warehou they target are most abundant. To fish further out - between 2nm and 7nm - they must have observers on board who record in their log books every 15 minutes what they have seen.

      So far they have covered 4540nm during 168 days at sea both inside and outside the restricted area - and the number of Maui's dolphin sightings remains a big, fat zero.


    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Hannah Hippen OMAHA, NE
      • about 1 year ago
      • over 1 year ago

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      • over 1 year ago

      yes i sign !!!!

    • howie cooke BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Surfers for Cetaceans supports this proposition

    • Heike Säger GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      It would be a possibility to save wildlife which we need to care for if have the opportunity! Only acting can help and it's one step towards caring for our surrounding world and show that we are carefully with treating our world.


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