"...With less than 15 breeding females, Maui’s dolphins are amongst the rarest and most endangered mammals on earth. Fishing progressively decimated numbers from around 1,800 individuals in the 1970 to just 50. With numbers this low, the death of more than one individual every 10-23 years will have devastating consequences for the entire population.
In 2012, a government appointed Panel of Experts determined that gillnets and trawling kill five Maui’s dolphins each year. Dr Liz Slooten from the University of Otago estimates that extensions to fisheries exclusion zones introduced since then reduce the level of Maui’s dolphin bycatch to 3.28 - 4.16 individuals per year - 54 times the sustainable limit.
...“Based on Dr Slooten’s data, our calculations indicate that Maui’s dolphins may become extinct as early as 2031”
Please "Share" & join us in telling the NZ government that THE WORLD IS WATCHING!!
YOU can REPRESENT for "our" LAST 54 (or LESS!) Maui's Dolphins by creating & collecting "Let's Face It" Visual Petitions to send a POWERFUL MESSAGE to the NZ govt!!!
GRAB your CAMERA & help reach our goal of 10,000 LFI VPs!
Create your " Let's Face it Visual Petition in just 3 EASY & FUN steps! Starting with Step 1:
+++Parties, events, your workplace, farmers markets... are great places to collect numerous Visual Petitions. Bring your camera along with your chosen image(s) of a Maui's/Hector's Dolphin and "Show Us Your Love"!!
*Working in teams of 2-3 people works well for collecting many Visual Petitions. Here's how:
People love smiling to save Dolphins!!!
* If you'd like information to download, print, and share, please visit our Visual Petition Collectors Packet page.