• Petitioned Rt Hon John Key

This petition was delivered to:

Prime Minister of New Zealand
Rt Hon John Key
Minister of Conservation, New Zealand
Hon Kate Wilkinson
Minister of Primary Industries, New Zealand
Hon David Carter

Stop the Extinction of Hector's & Maui's Dolphins

    1. Petition by

      NABU International - Foundation for Nature

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 Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins to near extinction and is killing them faster than they can breed.

Since the introduction of nylon filament nets in the 1970s, Hector’s dolphin numbers have dropped from 29,000 to less than 7,000. The situation for Maui’s dolphins, a subspecies of Hector’s dolphins, is even worse. More than 90% are already lost. With just 55 survivors older than one year and less than 20 breeding females, Maui's dolphins are facing imminent extinction.

Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins breed very slowly. Even under ideal circumstances a population of 100 individuals can only grow by two animals a year at the most.

Saving this species is a race against time that can only be won if fishing-related mortality is prevented. For more than a decade, marine biologists and conservationists have called for a New Zealand-wide ban on gillnets, and for the careful management of other threats, such as pollution, marine mining, tidal power stations in prime dolphin habitat, aquaculture and others.

Hector’s dolphins continue to decline because protection measures are inadequate. Unless things change, the species will become extinct. In the absence of fisheries bycatch, Hector’s dolphins could recover to at least half of their original population size within decades.

Let's see if we can reach 18000 signatures - that's more than one for each dolphin that could be alive within a matter of decades if nets didn't kill them.

Find out more by visiting www.hectorsdolphins.com or join our facebook community.

Thank you for your support for these animals, who are in so much trouble!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 17,500 signatures
    2. We have reached more than14,000 signatures!

      In less than a month the New Zealand government will decide whether it will offer better protection to the last 80 Maui's dolphins on earth. We need everyone to tell them that the world does not want this species to become extinct as a result of negligence.

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures
    4. World record freediver champions world’s rarest dolphin

      Fifteen times freediving world record holder William Trubridge calls for better protection of Hector's and Maui's dolphins. As a New Zealander, William has a special connection with Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins. Follow the link to watch his video message to the world and check out our brand new Hector's and Maui's SOS website!

    5. Reached 6,000 signatures
    6. Fly the flag and spread the word with our beautiful facebook dolphin badge!

      Add our Hector's dolphin badge to your profile picture and show the world you want these these forgotten animals to have a future. Follow the link below to get yours now!

    7. Reached 5,000 signatures
    8. In the news again!

      If each supporter asks just one friend to sign the petition, we will meet our target in no time.

    9. Thank you for speaking out! Our numbers are growing.

      In 2009 a fisherman had an encounter of a rare kind when he captured one of the last 100 or so Maui's dolphin on his mobile phone camera while out at sea. "He [the dolphin] was so friendly, I've never seen anything like it. It's he only one I've seen in 40 years out there", he said. Touched by the experience, he named the dolphin Naki. The Ministery of Fisheries refuses to accept the footage as evidence that Maui's dolphins live along this stretch of coastline. Instead they chose to believe the fishing industry, which offered copious assurances that flew in the face of the scientific evidence. As a result, the sea off Taranaki remains unprotected. With predictably fatal consequences. In the past five months at least two of the world's rarest dolphins died in nets. We need your help to change NZ's mind.

    10. Countdown to Extinction Continues

      As we are are on the brink of reaching 4500 signatures, another one of the world's last 100 Maui’s dolphins dies needlessly in a New Zealand fishing net. Its death is a a stark reminder that measures to protect the world’s most endangered marine dolphin against fisheries bycatch are inadequate to prevent their extinction. Our efforts to tell the New Zealand government that enough is enough are therefore more urgent than ever before. Please follow the link below for more info on these latest delevepments.

    11. Reached 4,000 signatures
    12. 3300 Hector's Dolphin champions!

      We are now well on our way to sending one letter for every surviving Hector's dolphin to the New Zealand government. THANK YOU ALL!!!
      In the past 3 months another Hector's and even another Maui's were washed ashore in areas that are unprotected because NZ’s fishing industry insists dolphins don’t live there. Maui's number less than 10% of how many there were in 1970. If more than one Maui's dolphin dies every 5-7 years as a result of human causes, their fate is sealed. If you haven't signed our petition yet, this is as good a reason as you're ever likely to get. This extinction is not inevitable if we stand shoulder to shoulder with the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin.

    13. Reached 3,000 signatures
    14. 2500 letter sent to the NZ government!

      EXCELLENT NEWS! We reached one third of our target of 7500 signatures - one letter for every surviving Hector's dolphin! Thank you all for your support and please keep your signatures coming by inviting your friends and family to join in saving the rarest marine dolphin on earth. TYou can stay informed and involved with this issue by joining us on facebook (link below). This extinction is not inevitable!

    15. Reached 2,500 signatures
    16. The Press Association picks up on our story!

      News about our dolphins' plight is starting to make headlines.

    17. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • marc pavlovich BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      less than eighty of these maui dolphins left and this government is failing to act!!!there true colours...true colours

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    • ANNE MARIE EADES PENSACOLA, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      ONCE AGAIN---MANS TRASH IS KILLING OUR OCEAN SPECIES. CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELVES--GET THESE NETS OUT OF OUR SEAS AND OCEANS--OH YEAH--AND BY THE WAY--WHY DONT WE JUST GET OUT ALL OF MANS POLLUTION OUT OF OUR SEAS AND OCEANS. INSTEAD OF SPENDING TRILLIONS ON THE WAR MACHINE--WHY DONT WE SPEND IT ON CLEANING UP THE EARTH AND OCEANS.

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    • liza goodall JHB, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 2 years ago

      preservation of our natural gifts is more valuable than immediate profit.

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    • Kathleen Carman WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I live in NZ and would hate to see them extinct, they are a part of our country.

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    • Meilyn Segura ALAJUELA, COSTA RICA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because they are with life...

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