Scientists united internationally call upon New Zealand to take "highest priority" measures for Maui's dolphins

A very clear message of concern for Maui's dolphins of New Zealand has just been released by the IWC* Scientific Committee in the "Report of the IWC Annual Meeting 2013" (held on Jeju Island, Korea, 3-15 June).

In its report "the Committee reiterates its extreme concern about the survival of Maui's dolphins, stating that the loss of even one dolphin would increase risk of extinction. The report goes on to recommend "highest priority... to immediate management actions that will lead to the elimination of bycatch" of these dolphins.


"Additional threats to Maui’s dolphins (besides bycatch) include seismic survey work in or near their habitat and a plan to begin development of the world’s largest marine iron sand mining operation. SC/65a/SM22 reviewed the response of the New Zealand Government to the 2012 recommendations of the Committee for urgent action." (page 65 of this report)

The Maui's (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui), one of the world's smallest dolphins with a maximum length of 5.5 foot, has been called by some conservationists "the hobbit of the sea".

*Founded in 1946, the IWC (International Whaling Commission) is the world's largest Inter-Governmental Organization, comprised of 89 member nations, on the conservation and management of cetaceans (whales and dolphins).

A nice news tidbit on page 64 of the "Report of the IWC Annual Meeting 2013":

"The Committee commends the Government of Mexico for establishing the Advisory Commission to the Presidency of Mexico for the Recovery of Vaquita and for the final approval of the Mexican Official Standard. ...that requires fishermen to switch from shrimp gillnets to alternative fishing gear (specifically purpose over a three year period."

Read more ...good news for the Vaquitas of Mexico, including letters of concern for Maui's, Hector's, & Vaquitas, addressed from the Society of Marine Mammalogy to the New Zealand & Mexican governments.

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

Let's be sure they do the right thing!

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