Hector's dolphin dies in likely set net entanglement
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IntroductionA Massey University pathology report has identified that a Hector's dolphin found beachcast near Greymouth in February is likely to have died as a result of becoming entangled in a set net.
Date: 12 April 2010
A Massey University pathology report has identified that a Hector's dolphin found beachcast on Karoro Beach (Greymouth) in February is likely to have died as a result of becoming entangled in a set net.
Allen van Dijk measures a Hector's
dolphin likely to have been killed in a
Don Neale, Marine Scientist for DOC in Hokitika, expressed the Department’s disappointment at the incident. Don pointed out that there is a range of set netting restrictions established along the West Coast to better protect the threatened Hector's dolphin.
He added, “It is important that all set netters familiarise and adhere to the current fishing restrictions and to the requirements of the Marine Mammals Protection Act. The information on both is readily accessible through both the Department of Conservation website and from Department staff”.
Inshore recreational setnetting is banned year round on the West Coast (inside 2 nautical miles, but still allowed in estuaries and river mouths). It is a legal requirement to report any accidental captures of marine mammals, such as the Hector’s dolphin, when fishing.
If people have any questions about fishing regulations, they should contact the Ministry of Fisheries.