Tell ECan it MUST Protect the Hector’s Dolphins of Banks Peninsula.

Tell ECan it MUST Protect the Hector’s Dolphins of Banks Peninsula.

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Genevieve Robinson started this petition to Environment Canterbury (ECan) and

Banks Peninsula is home to an abundance of unique biodiversity, including the endemic and nationally vulnerable, Hector’s dolphin.

This area of the Canterbury coastline is home to a strong-hold  of more than 1,000 individuals. 

Coastal dwelling, the dolphins’ biggest threat is that of fisheries, where they can become entangled in nets, and drown. In recent years, 5 Hector’s drowned in one single set net, and many more have died in trawl net, as well as other set nets.

Although some additional fisheries restrictions were implemented from October 1, this only includes a reduction in set netting, Commercial trawling remains active from just 2 nautical miles from shore, right along the East coast. 

Research shows the habitats of Hector’s dolphins can range out to 20 nautical miles, or depths of up to 100 metres. 

Only a small portion of their habitat is protected and areas that have next to no protection - even with the new restrictions, are called the “Death Zones”. They are susceptible to becoming overfished - meaning potentially more dolphin deaths.

Under policy 11 of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement, a regional council not only has the ability to protect its coastal waters, it is obligated to. Even more so when this area includes areas of natural biodiversity and of national significance.  

This petition is requesting that ECan - with the guidance of others - such as the Department of Conservation - does just that. Protects Banks Peninsula.

Waiting until the end of 2023 - which is when the new Coastal Plan is due for consultation - is far too late. Many more Hector’s dolphins, could die.

Without detail too, I have little confidence in what additional protection measures will be included in this Plan - if at all.

In safeguarding the Hector’s dolphins within Banks Peninsula, and out to 12nm (as per a regional council’s jurisdiction), many marine mammals, birds and sea life will in turn, also be protected.
Imagine if these protections included the region’s entire coastline!? How amazing that would be for all of our marine life. 

Beginning with Banks Peninsula - a unique area of 42 bays, and home to the Hector’s, Little Blue Penguins, Fur Seals, White-fronted Tern - to name just a few, we can protect and treasure this unique environment for many generations to come.

For our endemic dolphins - the Hector’s of Canterbury. 

Thank you!

Genevieve 

 

 

 

 

 

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