Threat Management Plan for Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin

Threat Management Plan for Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin

Project Animal(s) : Hector's dolphin, Maui's dolphin
Project Category : Mammals
Project Region : Across the World, Australia
Project Type : Conservation
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Project is timebound? : No

A Threat Management Plan (TMP) is used by the Department of Conservation and Fisheries New Zealand to help make management decisions around threats towards protected species in New Zealand. The first Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin TMP was undertaken 11 years ago in 2007 to evaluate and manage the risks from threats such as fishing, tourism, vessel strike, pollution, climate change, and disease.

So far, big steps forward have been taken to help protect Maui’s  and Hector’s dolphins. Fisheries restrictions, including set net and trawl bans, have been implemented in parts of the North and South Island, and six marine mammal sanctuaries have been established which include more stringent controls over petroleum and mineral prospecting and mining.

The TMP led to the establishment of a series of marine mammal sanctuaries to protect Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins:

Mining and acoustic seismic surveying restrictions were applied to these sanctuaries.

2018 review of the Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin TMP:

The current review process aims to reassess the way threats to these dolphins are managed. This is based on updated information on the Hector’s and Māui dolphin populations and new informationon the threats they are exposed to (such as fishing, disease and noise), and how serious those threats are.

Project Agency : New Zealand Department of Conservation

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