Friday, July 06, 2012

Will the government listen?

Maui's dolphin is the world's most endangered dolphin species, with only 55 existing in the world. The biggest threat to their survival is fishermen, who have killed five of them in the past decade. But despite the loss of 10% of this critically endangered population, the government has refused to act, and has refused to ban set netting in the dolphin's habitat.

Now the International Whaling Commission has got involved, calling for the government to impose an immediate ban to project the Maui's dolphin. The question now is will the government act? Or will they continue to support commercial fishing at the cost of a unique species?