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Extinction emergency – we need action right now to save New Zealand dolphins

What’s up with all these New Zealand dolphin deaths?

Gemma McGrath is WDC’s campaigner in New Zealand and in this blog she explores the lessons we need to take from the recent spate of Hector’s and Māui dolphin deaths in fishing nets and why the government’s response is utterly lacking. With all the recent Hector’s dolphin deaths in trawl nets, an alarming seven this…

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Dolphins in New Zealand listed on US Endangered Species Act

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has agreed to list the Maui Dolphin as Endangered and the South Island Hector’s dolphin as Threatened on the US Endangered Species Act on October 19th. Consultation on the proposal took place last year and WDC was one of the organizations that wrote in support while at the…

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Investigation into New Zealand dolphin deaths

An investigation has been launched after two endangered New Zealand dolphins (also known as Hector’s dolphins) were found in different locations on the country’s South Island. Under New Zealand law, anyone who injures or kills a marine mammal must report the incident to the authorities. Failure to do so can result in large fines. The investigation…

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