Action needed for New Zealand dolphins
New Zealand government is being urged to take immediate action to protect the critically endangered Maui's dolphin, the world's smallest dolphin sub-species, amid warnings the marine mammal could become extinct by 2030.
These dolphins are only found in waters off the North Island's west coast and the adult population has now dwindled to just 55, with scientific data showing up to five dolphins a year died after becoming entangled in fishing nets. Their population is so small that allowing any of them to be dying through bycatch is unsustainable. The government began reviewing protection measures for the dolphin last year but is yet to make an announcement about whether they will be strengthened.