Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Thousands call for New Zealand to save Maui’s dolphins

More than 150,000 people have signed a petition calling for the New Zealand government to urgently protect the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin habitat before it is too late.

Maui's dolphins are the world's rarest and smallest known dolphin and are a subspecies of the Hector's dolphin. They are only found off the west coast of New Zealand's North Island and it is thought just 50 individual dolphins remain.

The petition urges the Government to implement the advice issued by the IUCN, including a motion that calls for a ban on gillnetting and trawling to a water depth of 100 metres throughout the dolphins’ habitat, before it is too late.

Conservation group NABU International presented the petition to the New Zealand High Commission in London.

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