Regulatory News

The International Whaling Commission urged the New Zealand government to take more effective measures to protect the dolphin-of-Maui. This species is included in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as one of the most threatened on the planet. It is estimated that less than 55 animals of the species live only on the west coast of North Island, New Zealand.

According to environmentalists working in the region, the biggest factor that has contributed to the decline of the population of dolphins is fishing with large nets for commercial purposes. The government recently created a sanctuary for marine mammals and restricted areas where net fishing is permitted. However, the Whaling Commission will establish a restoration target number of these dolphins in the region.

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