The International Whaling Commission wants urgent action to prevent Maui's dolphins from becoming extinct.
A report by the Commission's scientific committee says that both New Zealand's Maui's dolphins and Mexico's vaquita porpoise were being threatened by extinction because of the danger of being caught accidentally in gillnet fisheries.The vaquita is a a 1.5-metre porpoise in the Gulf of California.
In a report at an annual meeting in Panama City, the committee voiced "extreme concern" over the future of the vaquita and urged the immediate elimination of gillnets that could entangle the cetaceans.
The committee has expressed "extreme concern" and called for a ban on gillnet fishing to allow for a safe corridor for Maui's dolphins between the North and South Islands.There are believed to be only 55 Mauis dolphins left so they are critically endangered, and the Minister has recently extended the gillnet ban , but not far enough to save the species according to the International Whaling Commission.In New Zealand, The committee called for a prompt ban on gillnets and for establishing a safe corridor for Maui's dolphins between North and South islands.
Both New Zealand and Mexico said that they were taking action. Gerard von Bohemen, New Zealand's commissioner, pointed to a recent decision to expand a ban on fishing nets along North Island's western Taranaki coast.