New Zealand Boat Show – Maui dolphin’s extinction!

The annual New Zealand Boat Show is always a highlight for the magazine. It’s a great opportunity for us to catch up with subscribers, friends and advertisers. Thanks to all those that called by our stand.

Every year I’m amazed at the variety of boats and the quality of the workmanship—world class. Check out this year’s Award winning boats on pages 52-53.

We have been requested by readers to once again do a Boat Review in every issue. These reviews will cover the boats’ performance on the water and features that make it “diver friendly!” Check out the August/September issue for the first in the series.

If you live in New Zealand you will be aware of the ongoing battle by conservationists and the public in general for many, many years re the Maui dolphins continuing slide into oblivion. They roam the waters off the west coast of the North Island but few wander no further than 30 kilometres with some venturing up to 80 kilometres. Sightings have been made from Maunganui Bluff to Whanganui, with the highest concentration being between the Manukau Harbour and Port Waikato.

Their distant relatives the Hectors dolphin are found on the east coast of the lower south Island and are in a healthier shape. The Maui dolphin which is endemic to New Zealand is the world’s smallest dolphin.

Commercial and recreational netting are the main death traps for these dolphins.

There has been MUCH talk by numerous Governments and fishing interests over the years re how they are taking measures to prevent accidental kills.

At the recent International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee meeting in San Diego USA, it was stated that the numbers have fallen to approximately 43. Of these 10 to 12 are adult females.

It will be an incomprehensible indictment on New Zealand and its people if they stand by with all the knowledge of the dolphin’s numbers and we watch them become extinct!

This magazine has watched this situation evolve for numerous years and virtually nothing of significance has been done. The mighty dollar and what people perceive as their God given right to fish where they want and to fish with gear that gives them the best return for their investment and effort!.

Time is FAST running out for the Maui dolphin. Do your bit. Visit:

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