MAUI & HECTOR'S DOLPHIN

Here is that video again, with some text to explain what you're looking at.

The yellow boats are trawlers, the yellow nets are gillnets. Both kill dolphins. The red and orange areas are protection proposed by the Ministry for Primary Industries. This will not be effective, because too many gaps are left in protection - including the gap on the south-east corner of Banks Peninsula. Dolphins don't know where these boundaries are, and move into and out of the protected areas. Because the maximum number of dolphins is based on ALL dolphins, inside and outside protected areas that number is too high. Therefore, dolphins will be removed from protected areas, as well as outside them.
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Nice update from our research team in Kaikoura:
"We've had a great start to our summer so far in Kaikoura, with at least five sperm whales hanging around in the canyon. We managed to identify one that hasn't been seen in the area for 11 years, as well as some more frequent visitors. We've been gathering hydrophone recordings and UAV photos which we are using for size estimation, as well as gathering sloughed skin when we can. Theres been humpback whales, beaked whales, dusky dolphins and orca spotted all within the last week, so hopefully the sightings continue throughout the summer". Words and photos by our M.Sc. student Toby Dickson. Photos taken under DOC permit. If you want to learn about our projects and how you can support us check out our website whaledolphintrust.org.nz/projects/
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This video shows why the protection options proposed by the Ministry for Primary Industries won't work! ... See MoreSee Less

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