Protect Endangered New Zealand Sea Lion

Protect Endangered New Zealand Sea Lion

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Protect our New Zealand sea lion, by restricting vehicle access on Surat Bay and Cannibal Bay in the Otago Region. Surat Bay and Cannibal Bay are two beaches known to be inhabited by the New Zealand sea lion. The New Zealand sea lion were exiled from mainland New Zealand for a minimum of 300 years until 1994 and are classified as 'Endangered' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The New Zealand sea lion are regarded as a taonga species under the Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998. 

In an 1999 study conducted by the Department of Conservation, it was found "Adverse effects reported as being associated with vehicle use in coastal ecosystems include destruction of dune vegetation, disturbance of wildlife, introduction of alien species, erosion, litter, and increased exploitation of marine animals." 

Dunedin beaches and wildlife are protected under the Reserves and Beaches Bylaw 2017. 

Surat Bay and Cannibal Bay are not currently protected.