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Act now to save the Maui's dolphin from extinction


New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui’s dolphin is the world's smallest and rarest marine dolphin and is in very real danger of extinction. Only about 55 adult dolphins now remain alive. Despite over 70,000 submissions in favour of better protection, the New Zealand Government’s response is once again shamefully inadequate.

Send this urgent message calling for action to the Department of Conservation now:


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When China's Yangtze River dolphin went extinct people all over the world were shocked and dismayed - but now New Zealand could become the next country to cause the extinction of a dolphin.

Both the International Whaling Commission and the World Conservation Congress have urged the New Zealand Government to take immediate measures to protect Maui's dolphin.

A group of New Zealand experts identified bycatch in fishing nets as the key threat to the dolphins, and provided advice on management for the area in which they are found.

The measures in place so far, and the latest proposal falls far short of these expert recommendations.

There's more information here on the DOC website.

Alternatively you can send your submission directly to or by post to:

Marine Mammal Sanctuary submissions
Department of Conservation
PO Box 10420
Wellington 6143