It’s definitely worthy of celebration! Our native dolphin species, the Maui’s and Hector’s just got granted a future of hope, thanks to the new fishing industry changes announced by the NZ Minister of Fisheries this week. It is sad that 65 fishermen that are losing their livelihoods, but at least humans have alternatives and can adapt new ways of getting by. Let’s hope the government might spares them some compensation.
There is no way dolphins can get around the problem of set nets without drowning. From October 2008, here are the changes that will come into effect. For the finer details see: Minister announces new measures to protect dolphins
NEW DOLPHIN SANCTUARIES
* West coast, North Island.
* Clifford and Cloudy Bay, Marlborough.
* Porpoise Bay/Fortress, Catlins coast.
* Te Waewae Bay, Southland.
*Extension of Banks Peninsular sanctuary Read the rest of this entry »