Help save the “kiwi of the sea"
The New Zealand Government has now released the public consultation draft for its Threat Management Plan for Māui and Hector's dolphins – New Zealand’s only endemic dolphin species and among the world’s most endangered. The consultation will run for six weeks after which the New Zealand government will consider submissions and finalize the plan.
The proposed plan doesn't go far enough.
It fails to protect all habitat for all Māui and Hector's sub-populations and takes a piecemeal approach.
However, this process is the best opportunity we have to remove and manage the many threats to these beautiful animals and avoid the extinction of New Zealand’s iconic dolphin species.
Act now by signing onto our submission so the New Zealand government knows we want these dolphins protected.
Māui and Hector’s are the smallest (and among the rarest) dolphins in the world and are only found in New Zealand. These much-loved dolphins are friendly and often interact with surfers and swimmers.
Māui and Hector’s dolphins are a New Zealand “taonga” (a highly valued treasure) and are celebrated in culture and art. They deserve our respect and protection.
They have beautiful coloring with grey bodies and black, round dorsal fins. They are highly intelligent, playful, social and live in family groups. However, human activities, in particular gill set net and trawl fishing, have pushed them to unsustainable levels.
Help save the kiwi of the sea!
Act now by signing onto our submission so the New Zealand government knows we want these dolphins protected. On behalf of the dolphins – thank you!