Fishing court case Hector’s dolphin

Date: 27/07/2009

A New Zealand court case challenging measures to protect endangered Hector’s dolphins will be closely watched by Forest & Bird. The Federation of Commercial Fishermen and three regional fishing groups are taking the Ministry of Fisheries and previous Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton to court for protecting endangered Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins. The Department of Conservation also announced a Hector’s dolphin was reported killed in a commercial fishing net off the east coast of the South Island, illustrating the need to extend fishing restrictions rather than weaken them.

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