Debate around the conservation of Maui’s dolphin in New Zealand has reached the New York Times.
Prominent New York Times reporter and author of Dot Earth blog, Andrew Revkin, wrote a follow-up to his piece on the time endangered Mexican porpoise, the vaquita, examining the plight of New Zealand’s rarest dolphin.
He noted that while many marine species are being pushed to extinction because of international appetites for rare cuisine, the path to extinction for the Maui’s dolphin was not linked to international consumer demand.
His blog post Local Nets, Not Faraway Markets, Key to New Zealand’s Dolphin Decline linked to New Zealand Government parliamentary minutes logging the debate between Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry and Green Party MP Eugenie Sage about trawl net restrictions, which Revkin described as “fascinating”.
Revkin also posted a “Your Dot” contribution from Christine Rose, leader of the Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphin Defenders group, calling for immediate action to eliminate the threat of set nets to the mammals.
The Department of Conservation’s threat management plan, maps of the West Coast coastline, including Taranaki and a video of a Maui’s Dolphin pod in Awhitu Peninsula, near Auckland were included in her post.
In a Facebook post to the Maui’s Hector’s Dolphin Defenders page, Revkin stated: “Seems awfully ridiculous for a prosperous country not to be able to tighten net restrictions. I’d like to know how much of the resistance is from commercial fishers and how much is related to recreational netters (I see a lot of that on YouTube).”
Revkin has reported for The New York Times for 14 years.
Dot Earth, which sits in the opinion section of the Times, tracks relevant environmental developments “from suburbia to Siberia”.