Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Boaties share responsibility for dolphin safety

Boaties share responsibility for dolphin safety

Department of Conservation staff responded to reports of jet-ski and boats seen travelling at speed through a pod of dolphins in the Wellington Harbour earlier this week.

‘This is a good reminder to boaties to be mindful of dolphins and other marine mammals in the inner Wellington Harbour and off the South Coast,’ said DOC Ranger David Moss.

A large pod of dolphins was seen feeding in the Wellington Harbour near Evans Bay on Monday night. A boat travelling through the pod risked causing distress to the pod, and separating mothers from calves.

While jet-skis are more manouverable, they are quieter underwater than normal boats, making them harder for dolphins to detect and avoid.

DOC staff talked to boat drivers and explained the serious risk of propeller strike to dolphins and the stress caused by herding the animals. ‘The likelihood of striking a dolphin or whale and causing injury or death decreases when you reduce your speed on the water. Jumping dolphins is not a sign of them having fun, it is often a sign of stress,’ said David Moss.

Boats should only approach dolphins from the side or rear of the pod and be travelling at a “no wake speed.”

Marine mammals in New Zealand are legally protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (1978) — anyone who accidentally kills or injures a marine mammal is required to report the incident to a fishery officer or the Department of Conservation within 48 hours.

Sightings of dolphins can be reported to the Department of Conservation on 0800 DOC HOTline (0800 362 468) and there are also online forms on the website: http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/native-animals/marine-
mammals/marine-mammal-sightings/marine-mammal-sighting-form/

–Ends–

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: John Pilger, And Making War On China

In July, the New Zealand Defence Force is scheduled to join the latest round of Talisman Sabre, a huge training exercise that Australia carries out biennially in conjunction with all four arms of the US military.

Last time around in 2015, New Zealand contributed 650 personnel, 45 vehicles and two of our $NZ771 million dollar fleet of NH90 helicopters to this regional war game.

What’s weird is that Talisman Sabre is actually a rehearsal for an assault on China and its ability to defend itself. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Urban Planning Report: Momentum Grows To Replace The RMA

A major new report from the Productivity Commission lays the foundation for action on the growing political consensus that the Resource Management Act and associated laws are failing both cities and the natural environment and need a complete rewrite. More>>

ALSO:

Vaping: Quitline Supports Decision To Legalise Nicotine E-Cigarettes

Today Associate Minister of Health, Hon Nicky Wagner has announced that Government are taking the proactive step of legalising nicotine e-cigarettes, a move which Quitline is pleased to hear and support wholeheartedly. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Labour/Greens Deal (And The NZDF)

If Labour and the Greens were hoping their Budget Responsibility Rules (BRR) agreement would foster an unlikely alliance then hey… mission accomplished! Because it isn’t every day that Sue Bradford, the CTU and Matthew Hooton speak with one voice, as happened yesterday. More>>

ALSO:

Until After The Election: Extension Of Report-Back Date For Havelock North Inquiry

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that the report-back date for the independent Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water has been extended at the request of the Inquiry’s Panel. More>>

ALSO:

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news