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A dolphin trapped in a fishing net

Study raises concern about methods used to stop dolphins being caught in nets

Dolphins and porpoises continue to die in huge numbers in fishing gear but even some...
Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have slaughtered at least two fin whales, the first...

Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

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Humpback whale underwater

Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a...

Cynical token gesture to protect North Island New Zealand dolphin

New Zealand Minister for Conservation Dr Nick Smith recently announced a 350km2 extension to the set netting ban in the North Taranaki Bight. Any extension to the tiny protected area for the NZ Dolphin is welcome but this announcement seems designed to delay and possibly even avoid the major extension to protection measures required to protect these dolphins.

The North Island population of the NZ Dolphin (often referred to as Maui’s Dolphin) has been reduced to fewer than a hundred individuals. Scientific projections indicate that we cannot afford to lose more than one dolphin every 16 years as a result of human activities if we are to stop this population becoming extinct.

WDC is adamant that the only way to provide proper protection for the New Zealand Dolphin is to declare a sanctuary for the species covering the species’ known range around both the North and South Islands, as well as providing a corridor between the two islands. Set nets and trawling are the main causes of death in these dolphins; it is also important to protect the habitat of these unique dolphins.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.