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What about the emergency of "dolphin extinction" do the NZ councils and government not get?
Especially the number of "55" and only found in NZ waters?
On June of this year I traveled to Nelson, NZ "to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves"..(Jane Goodall)
When I returned back to Byron Bay, Australia after my 3 day trip to New Zealand, the Ric O'Barry's "Dolphin Project" asked me to write a blog on my trip to Nelson:
Sent to me on August 7th, 2012...here's Nelson Council's LONG TERM plan 2012-22 submissions and decisions in response:
"Thank you for submission seeking Council support for protecting the Maui and Hector’s dolphins. We received 29 written submissions about this issue and Council discussed the presentation made to Council by Dove Joans and others. Council understands that Maui and Hector’s dolphins are not resident in Tasman Bay waters, but do pass through occasionally. While Council notes that the issue of protection of endangered species is the responsibility of Government, Council will be exploring integrated management of Tasman Bay as part of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement in 2014-16. In the meantime the Nelson Resource Management Plan has a range of rules that limit coastal development and disturbance of the sea bed."
And yes, the important genetics report was given to me by Auckland's coastal specialist, Bill Trusewich, which I gave to the Nelson Council in June of this year and also highlighted in my presentation to them... briefly it states "the importance of protecting the wildlife corridor between the South and North Island, as the flow from the Hector's into the Maui's habitat could mean survival of the Maui's genome."
Sadly, they seemed to underplay the importance of the dolphins' existence, which I find quite odd!
There's Hector dolphins on both sides of their "Nelson region", and their region is primarily a port, hence why the dolphins probably don't have a "home" there w' all the boat traffic.. logical reasoning I'm guessing. Besides Bill offering important information on the wildlife corridor between the No. & So. Islands., now Dr. Liz Slooten brings it up in her "protection" recommendation: Here's her article debate...
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