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Maui's & Hector's Dolphins Lecture - Seaweek 2012

Maui's & Hector's Dolphins Lecture - Seaweek 2012

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  • Wed 7 Mar ’12, 7:30pm – 10:00pm


Freeman's Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn Rd, Freemans Bay


All Ages

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"Maui’s dolphin – Here today, gone tomorrow?"

Associate Professor Dr Liz Slooten from University of Otago will speak about Maui's & Hector's Dolphins. Freeman's Bay Community Hall, Long Room.

Maui’s dolphin is listed as Critically Endangered by both national (Department of Conservation) and international agencies (IUCN). By definition, this means “facing an extremely high risk of extinction”. Population surveys show that the total population has declined from 111 individuals in 2004 to fewer than 80 individuals today. No dolphin population of this size can be considered sustainable unless human impacts are reduced as far as possible. Yet, dolphin deaths in fishing nets continue. The main reason is that several important parts of their habitat have been left unprotected or very poorly protected. In particular the southern part of their range, off Taranaki, and the harbours (Manukau, Kaipara, Raglan, Kawhia, Aotea Harbours). Dr Liz Slooten from Otago University has been studying Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins since 1984. She will present an update on Maui’s dolphin biology and conservation, including the most recent sightings, and the latest death in a commercial gillnet on 2 January 2012. Other experts, including Silvia Scali and Barbara Breen will join in and present their data and experiences.

Photo by Kirsty Russell.

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