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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A message to all Kiwis: Heed the call and support action to save the Maui dolphin.

New Zealand
New Zealand (Photo credit: erjkprunczyk)

Save the Maui's Dolphin

The Maui dolphin is facing extinction...
New Zealand is home to the world's smallest and rarest marine dolphin. But Maui's dolphin is in very real danger of extinction with new reports putting its entire population at only 55.
The Government has responded by proposing two interim protection measures until it can complete a full review later this year. But they are not strong or urgent enough and will leave Maui’s dolphins at risk from being caught and killed in fishing nets.

The measures include extending the set net ban along the west coast of the North Island to include the Taranaki coast from Pariokariwa Point south to Hawera and out to 4 nautical miles, and extending the marine mammal sanctuary along the west coast south to Hawera and out to 12 nautical miles.

It's not enough. What's needed is a total ban on gillnets and trawling out to 100m depth throughout Maui's dolphin habitat. As things stand, the Maui's dolphin are likely to become extinct in our lifetime. The time to act is now.

When they have all gone it will be too late New Zealand.  So act now and help save the Maui dolphin. Support Greenpeace and other conservationists!,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=6beb2876784300db&biw=1366&bih=537

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