Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Investigation into Hector’s dolphin deaths


Ministry for Primary Industries launches investigation into Hector’s dolphin deaths

31 March 2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries has launched an investigation after the discovery of two dead Hector’s dolphins in separate parts of the country.

A member of the public found one dolphin on a Greymouth beach last month and reported the finding to the Department of Conservation.

Another dead Hector’s dolphin was found near Banks Peninsula by a member of the public on Sunday.

MPI Compliance Investigations Manager, Gary Orr, says the deaths are very concerning and there are indications the dolphins may have been subject to human interference.

Both were not reported as is required under the law.

“MPI and DOC are investigating the circumstances surrounding both mortalities.

“Our investigation will look to identify everyone who was fishing in the areas prior to the discovery of the dolphins.

“The people who discovered them did the right thing by reporting them to the appropriate authorities. We encourage anyone in a similar situation to do the same. Any dolphin death is one too many.”

Under the Marine Mammals Protection Act, anyone who kills or injures a marine mammal must report the event.

“The penalties for failing to report a capture like this are significant. For a commercial fisher, it’s a fine of up to $100,000. A recreational fisher faces a fine of up to $10,000. We take this sort of offending very seriously,” says Mr Orr.

“MPI is working closely with our colleagues at DOC to ensure we get to the bottom of this and to hold to account, the person or people responsible”.

Background
Recent and extensive surveys have found there are approximately double the number of Hector’s dolphins in the sea (around 15,000) and that they range in deeper waters than previously thought.

Hector’s dolphins, however, remain listed as endangered. MPI and DOC work collaboratively to manage the impacts of both commercial and recreational fishing. A range of restrictions on commercial and recreational fishing are currently in place to manage fishing-related mortality of these marine mammals.

MPI and DOC have designed a Threat Management Plan that identifies all human-induced threats to the dolphins including fishing, vessel traffic, oil spills and other factors. The plan also implements management measures to help mitigate against those threats.

There are wide-ranging closures and restrictions on commercial and recreational fishing. This includes more than 6,000km² of trawl net fishing restrictions around the South Island, and almost 9,000km² closed to set netting.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Another Leader Exiting: Statement From Peter Dunne

I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter...

“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. 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