WWF: Tell New Zealand to protect endangered dolphins

April 3rd, 2007 4:56 pm by Kelly Garbato

Via the World Wildlife Fund:

Tell New Zealand to protect endangered dolphins

Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins live around the shores of New Zealand and are amongst the rarest marine dolphins in the world.

The biggest threat to Hector’s and Maui’s is from commercial and recreational fishing. The dolphins are unable to detect set nets – nets that are held on or off shore with anchors – and, if they become entangled, they drown within minutes. They are also accidentally caught by fishing boats.

Add to this the disturbances to their habitat from tourism, polluted waters, coastal development and boat traffic, and survival for one of the world’s rarest marine dolphins is a daily battle.

But there is hope. By taking the necessary action and removing all human threats New Zealand can give the dolphins their best chance of survival. Failure to do so could mean we will lose these enigmatic animals forever.

Help save Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins by signing our petition to New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Helen Clark.

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