Holidaying set netters kill four endangered Hector’s dophins

Date: 1/12/2005

Fishers on holiday in South Westland have killed four endangered Hector’s Dolphins in their set nets without showing any concern for their actions. At the end of October a member of the public discovered four dead Hector’s dolphins tangled in a set net on a remote section of Neil’s Beach near Haast. There was no sign of the net when DoC staff arrived on the scene, the dolphins had been cut from the net and left discarded on the beach. The killing of dolphins in a set net is not an offence under the Marine Mammal Protection Act 1978 but it is an offence to fail to report such incidents. Hector’s dolphins are one of the world’s rarest dolphin species and are found only in New Zealand waters.

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