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Hector's and Maui's dolphins are the world's rarest marine dolphin species. They occur only in New Zealand, Hector's off the South Island and Maui's of the North Island. Fishing with gill nets and trawling have driven both species to the very edge of extinction. Fishing is killing them 76 times faster than they can breed!

Since decades the government of New Zealand refuses to start a program to protect the world's smallest and rarest marine dolphin species. New Zealand is the only country to vote against further protection for the critically endangered Maui's dolphins at the world's largest conservation summit in 2012. For more than a decade, marine biologists and conservationists have called for a New Zealand-wide ban on gillnets. These urgent calls have been completely ignored by the New Zealand government!
The result is that now there are now only 55 Maui's dolphins left on this planet!

The last survivors need to be protected before it’s too late! Please sign this petition, express your protest and fight for the last 55 of the most endangered of all marine dolphin species to protected them against drowning in fishing nets in New Zealand!

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Letter to
Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon John Key
Minister of Conservation, New Zealand Hon Kate Wilkinson
Minister of Fisheries, New Zealand Phil Heatley
and 1 other
Minister of Primary Industries, New Zealand Hon David Carter (Minister of Primary Industries, New Zealand)
Dear Minister,

Hector's and Maui's dolphins are the world's rarest marine dolphin species. They occur only in New Zealand. Fishing with gill nets and trawling have driven both species to the very edge of extinction. Fishing is killing them 76 times faster than they can breed! There are now only 55 Maui's dolphins left on this planet! You must react now and not let it happen that these two highly intelligent marine species extinct on this planet! This means a ban of these fishing methods, and effective management of all other threats, in all waters up to a depth of 100 meters, including harbours.

The people from all over the world are urging you to stop the extinction of Hector's & Maui's Dolphins now!