Ban Commercial Trawling in New Zealand Waters

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Commercial trawling is quickly killing and destroying New Zealand's unique marine species and ecosystems. This method of fishing involves trawling hundred meter long nets through the water and the seafloor to achieve the most efficient catch. These nets collect thousands of unwanted fish, often the by-catch outweighing the used fish. Among the by-catch there are many endangered species that are being killed in the trawl nets, one being New Zealand's only endemic cetacean the Hector's Dolphin. With a population decrease of 80% in the last 50 years, trawlers are dumping dead Hector's dolphins back into the sea and continuing to drag their nets through our protected waters. Stop these commercial fisheries sweeping our ocean floors and killing thousands of fish only to be unused and unreported.