A marine mammal sanctuary is our last chance to save Maui’s dolphins from extinction, Forest & Bird says.
Forest & Bird today (World Oceans Day) announced its proposal for a marine mammal sanctuary off the north-west coast of the North Island to protect the critically endangered dolphins.
Forest & Bird Conservation Advocate Kirstie Knowles says a marine mammal sanctuary is the only measure that can protect Maui’s dolphins from all known threats.
“If we don’t act urgently there is a very real chance that Maui’s dolphin will soon become extinct. A marine mammal sanctuary is our only hope of saving the world’s rarest marine dolphin from extinction.”
Maui’s dolphin, the North Island sub-species of Hector’s dolphin, is listed as critically endangered on the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List of species at risk of extinction, and just 111 individuals remain.