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More Endangered New Zealand Dolphins Die In Nets

Last week, on the 22nd of February, two more New Zealand (Hector’s) dolphins died, entangled in a gill net washed ashore on a beach on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

hectors_trappedThe two dolphins were found near the Waimakariri River mouth some 30 km inside the northern limit of the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Under fisheries legislation, set netting is banned along most of the east coast of the South Island out to 4 nautical miles.

The populations of these dolphins, unique to New Zealand, are being rapidly depleted by being killed in nets. It has been estimated that in the early 1970s there were about 30,000 dolphins. This has now dwindled to about 7000, a huge decrease in such a short time span. These dolphins are listed as “Endangered”, with the population trend rated as “decreasing”, on the IUCN Red List.

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