New Zealand

This is a petition by enthusiastic students from Kristin School Endangered Species Club.

Recently, five Hector’s Dolphins were trapped in a commercial set nest. All of them died. Only found in New Zealand’s waters, this distinctive grey dolphin with black and white markings and a round dorsal fin is the most easily recognised species of dolphin in New Zealand. Hector’s and Māui dolphin are known to Māori by other names, including tutumairekurai, aihe, papakanua, upokohue, tukuperu, tūpoupou, pahu, pōpoto and hopuhopu. They are among the world’s smallest marine dolphins, found only in the inshore waters of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

California, North Carolina, South Australia and Finland have banned commercial set nets to protect their endangered species. New Zealand CAN and SHOULD also do this.

We, the undersigned, call on the New Zealand Government to ban the use of commercial set nets to protect our precious marine species.

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The Protect the NZ native species Hector's Dolphins petition to Government was written by Polly Huang and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.