Fisheries New Zealand seeks feedback on proposed fisheries measures to further protect South Island Hector's dolphins.
Feedback is sought on the following proposals:
- a "bycatch reduction plan" to work with fishers to avoid all dolphin mortality while allowing fishing to continue where possible
- an expansion of trawl gear restrictions (low headline height trawl net or slow tow speed or both) in Tasman and Golden Bays, Pegasus Bay, Canterbury Bight to Timaru, and Te Waewae Bay
- a further area closure to commercial and recreational set net fishing around Banks Peninsula
The closing date for submissions is 5 PM on the 6th of December 2021.
For more information see the Fisheries New Zealand website.
MPI Media Release - Feedback sought on camera roll out and further protection for Hector's dolphins