Introduction

2018/19 review of the Hector's and Māui dolphin Threat Management Plan.

2018/19 review

At the conclusion of the previous Threat Management Plan (TMP) review (Māui dolphin section only), Ministers stated that the next full Hector's and Māui Threat Management Plan review would take place in 2018.

June 2020 announcement

In June 2020, the Minster of Conservation and the Minister of Fisheries announced their decisions on new measures from the review to increase protection for Hector’s and Māui dolphins.

Non-fisheries measures

Toxoplamosis Action Plan

This action plan will include:

  • research to investigate knowledge gaps
  • research to investigate solutions to reduce or eliminate the transfer of the parasite into the marine environment
  • trial solutions to reduce or eliminate the transfer of the parasite into the marine environment.

More about the Toxoplasmosis Action Plan.

Changes to five marine mammal sanctuaries and to Te Rohe o Te Whānau Puha/Kaikōura Whale Sanctuary

The Minister of Conservation proposals include:

  • an extension to the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary
  • an extension to the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary
  • banning seismic surveying and seabed mining in the five sanctuaries, including the extensions. There will be exemptions for existing exploration and mining permits
  • exempt seismic surveying inside the five sanctuaries is required to comply with the 2013 Code of Conduct for Minimising Acoustic Disturbance to Marine Mammals from Seismic Survey Operations
  • banning seabed mining in Te Rohe o Te Whānau Puha/Kaikōura Whale Sanctuary.

Have your say on the changes to the five marine mammal sanctuaries and Kaikōura Whale Sanctuary.

Fisheries measures

The Minister of Fisheries decided new fishing measures, that include:

  • a nationwide ban on drift netting
  • an extension of existing bans, and the creation of new bans, on set netting in the North and South Islands
  • an extension of existing restrictions on trawling on the west coast of the North Island
  • a change to the regulations allowing Government to act immediately to impose further restrictions if a single dolphin is caught in the Maui dolphin habitat within the west coast of the North Island.

More about the new fisheries measures.

Workshops and stakeholder forums

Reports and documents from the workshop and stakeholder forum meetings for Hector's and Māui dolphin Threat Management Plan.

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