Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Dolphins to benefit from further protection

29 May 2008

Dolphins to benefit from further protection

New measures to increase protection of the unique Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins were announced today by Acting Conservation Minister David Parker.

“Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins are among the rarest in the world and we’re privileged to have them here in New Zealand. We are stepping up to the challenge with a robust set of new protection measures that will improve the survival prospects of this distinct species,” he said.

“The protection strategies are part of the new Hector’s and Maui’s Dolphin Threat Management Plan which has been carefully designed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Ministry of Fisheries to achieve the best possible outcome for the dolphins.

“Today I am announcing a Notice of Intention to establish four new marine mammal sanctuaries where seabed activities, like mining and seismic surveying, in key dolphin habitats will be restricted or managed.

“Regulation of seismic surveys and restricting sea-bed mining will reduce threats to dolphins. DOC will continue to work closely with Crown Minerals and with mining / petroleum interests to explore ways in which threats from these activities can be further reduced.”

The four new marine mammal sanctuaries are in areas where the dolphins are known to frequently range - West Coast, North Island, Clifford and Cloudy Bay in Marlborough, Porpoise Bay/Fortress, Catlins Coast and Te Waewae Bay, South Coast. Alterations to the existing sanctuary at Banks Peninsula are also proposed.

“The Hector’s and Maui’s Threat Management Plan ensures the best combination of threat mitigation tools, both fishing and non-fishing, to protect these dolphins. The proposed non-fishing related protection measures will complement the fishing restrictions announced today by the Minister of Fisheries.

“This government is committed to ensuring that future generations can enjoy these beautiful creatures – these dolphins are only found in New Zealand waters, and Maui’s are the rarest marine dolphin in the world.”

Background information

Both the Hector’s dolphin, with an estimated total population of 7268, and the Maui’s, with an estimated 111, are threatened with extinction. The Maui’s dolphin is thought to be the rarest oceanic dolphin in the world.

Hector’s dolphins are found only in New Zealand waters. They are the world’s smallest marine dolphins and one of the rarest. There are two sub-species of Hector’s dolphins – the South Island Hector’s dolphin which is found around the South Island, and the Maui’s dolphin which is found off the west coast of the North Island.

The Department of Conservation encourages commercial, non-commercial fishers and the public to report Hector's and Maui's dolphin sightings, incidental catch and beach cast carcasses to the nearest DOC office or phone 0800 DOCHOT line (0800 362468).

It is an offence under the Marine Mammal Protection Act 1978 for any person not to report the incidental capture of a marine mammal. Failure to report could result in a fine of up to $10,000.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election