Voices from Auckland Sounding Loud & Clear for the Maui's Dolphins

Quotations and comments from Wayne Walker, Albany ward councillor and Auckland Council environment and sustainability forum chairman back the (IWC Scientific) committee's recommendations for saving the last 55 Maui's dolphins. And Auckland council coastal specialist Bill Trusewich chimes in too.

Wayne Walker criticized the New Zealand government's failure to fully protect the Maui's dolphin off Auckland's west coast, saying it has bowed to fishing industry pressure ahead of public opinion.

With commercial fishing identified as the leading cause, the dolphin's population has diminished since the 1970s to just 55 adults over one year old.

"Solutions are available but aren't being looked at, he says.

Auckland council coastal specialist Bill Trusewich, with a background in fisheries and also with DOC including dealing in marine mammals, agrees and went on to describe how: "Incorporating SPO8 - the small fisheries management area off the Taranaki Bight - into the large SPO1, which extends from north of Taranaki around the North Island, including most of the Bay of Plenty, would give Taranaki fishing companies many more options, allowing them to stay out of the dolphins territory but still make a living," he says.

"Fishing operators can only sell quotas within their own management area, so amalgamating the areas would see Taranaki companies able to move within, lease or sell quotas in the bigger SPO1."

"The International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee), which made a similar recommendation last year, noted that proposals including seismic surveying as part of seabed mining also represented a potential threat."

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"Conservation Minister Nick Smith says the Government would take all practical steps to ensure the survival of the Maui's dolphin."

Note: Though stated as follows, the NZ government has yet to announce the Threat Management Plan.

"The revised Maui's dolphin component of the Hector's and Maui's Dolphin Threat Management Plan is expected out early this month."

Will the New Zealand government pay heed to concerns expressed by Society for Marine MammalogyIUCN (International Union of Conservation Nations), IWC International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee, and several international animal welfare organizations?

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Seabed mining, even more devastating than bottom trawling, could very soon come into Maui's & Hector's Dolphin habitat. Please visit the Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) site to know what you can do.


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Voices from Auckland Sounding Loud & Clear for the Maui's Dolphins


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