New Zealand urged to save highly endangered dolphin
Top marine scientists have expressed extreme concern about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin, urging the government to take immediate action to protect all areas of the dolphin’s habitat. Only an estimated 55 individuals survive, and each dolphin lost to entanglement in a fishing net – the main cause of death - is a huge blow to their survival. In June the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) predicted the dolphin faces effective extinction within 20 years unless their full range is protected from gill netting and trawling. After WWF mobilised 70,000 calls for greater protection, the New Zealand Government proposed extending the area where gill nets would be banned, but this will still not fully protect the dolphin.