Hectors dolphins

When will the Media party correct the facts regarding the fishing industry hit job?

Several weeks ago a group of Kraut eco-terrorists working in collusion with so-called scientists, including Labour party president Nigel Haworth, launched an attack on the fishing industry and on McDonalds.

Their attack centred on some shonky report that wasn’t even peer-reviewed with anecdotal evidence and no actual physical data.

Now the true story of these activists is starting to emerge but the complicit Media party has failed to hold them to account for their shabby and blatantly wrong report.

It is not possible to have a sensible science-based discussion around the Simmons report?(Simmons et al 2016) because the data and methods used remain unclear.

For science to be of value to society it must be impartial, transparent and repeatable. Their report demonstrates none of these hallmarks.

In early 2015, after the authors of the Simmons report publicly presaged their results, industry asked for a copy of their work and for the underlying data and computations. They declined. We subsequently found a copy of their ?draft? report on Pew?s website. Their ?draft? findings did not align with those in other publicly available independent assessments. Following this,?we met with the authors, provided them with copies of the existing work and invited them to have their work independently reviewed by a recognised scientist of standing, such as Sir Peter Gluckman.

To date, they have declined to have their work independently reviewed in New Zealand.

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The alarming use of a dodgy report used to smear our fishing industry

A bunch of ratbag German eco-terrorists are currently attacking our fishing industry and putting thousands of jobs at risk.

The basis of their attacks is a rather stinky report whose authors have jimmied and gerrymandered information and disguised them as facts. Worse still it appears that both the Labour party and Green party were aware of the report and that isn’t too surprising considering that one of the report’s authors was none other than Prof. Nigel Haworth the current Labour party president.

Like the manufactured housing crisis the Media party has been used to shill another crisis, this time purportedly in the fishing industry.

What has been revealed about the stinky report though is just how unprofessional and unscientific it is:

The Simmons report is a highly politicised document that has been embraced by environmental NGOs and the Labour and Green parties in an attempt to embarrass the Government and to weaken commercial fishing.

The report was strictly embargoed until 9.30am on Monday this week but was circulating among Opposition parties and Greenpeace over the weekend. Dr Simmons then broke his own embargo by appearing on National Radio at 9.10am.

The German environmental organisation NABU was aware of the report?s contents a month before its release and told Seafood NZ as much. ? Read more »

Cats have killed more dolphins than McDonald’s ever has by buying hoki

This week we have seen a jihad opened up on?the New Zealand fishing industry by a group of Kraut eco-terrorists.

They claim they are trying to save Maui dolphins and have fingered McDonalds as contributing to their deaths because they buy NZ Hoki. Nevermind that NZ Hoki is caught in regions far from the littoral environs that Maui dolphins inhabit, they are just attacking an industry and a multi-national company based on lies and mis-truths.

In their bid to save Maui dolphins they have attacked industries and companies that actually have nothing to do with the maui dolphins and attacking them and destroying their businesses won’t save a single Maui dolphin.

A?better approach would have been for them to attack cat owners. Because one of the major killers of Hectors and Maui dolphins is cats…or rather a disease that is caused by cats.

A recent 2013 study found that toxoplasmosis is a rather large factor in the deaths of Maui and Hectors dolphins.

Hector’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) are a small endangered coastal species that are endemic to New Zealand. Anthropogenic factors, particularly accidental capture in fishing nets, are believed to be the biggest threat to survival of this species. The role of infectious disease as a cause of mortality has not previously been well investigated. This study investigates Toxoplasma gondii infection in Hector’s dolphins, finding that 7 of 28 (25%) dolphins examined died due to disseminated toxoplasmosis, including 2 of 3 Maui’s dolphins, a critically endangered sub-species. A further 10 dolphins had one or more tissues that were positive for the presence of T. gondii DNA using PCR. Genotyping revealed that 7 of 8 successfully amplified isolates were an atypical Type II genotype. Fatal cases had necrotising and haemorrhagic lesions in the lung (n=7), lymph nodes (n=6), liver (n=4) and adrenals (n=3). Tachyzoites and tissue cysts were present in other organs including the brain (n=5), heart (n=1), stomach (n=1) and uterus (n=1) with minimal associated inflammatory response. One dolphin had a marked suppurative metritis in the presence of numerous intra-epithelial tachyzoites. No dolphins had underlying morbillivirus infection. This study provides the first evidence that infectious agents could be important in the population decline of this species, and highlights the need for further research into the route of entry of T. gondii organisms into the marine environment worldwide.

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