Maui Dolphins

Had a nice chat with Molly from Forest and Bird



A lovely young lady called Molly knocked on my door in Arkles Bay today. She works for Forest and Bird?. After our conversation I promised to write an article to draw our readers attention to the good work that this not for profit organisation does.

Poor Molly had no idea whose house she was visiting and I had to shut the door to Cam’s office to stop him butting in with his views about Maui dolphins. One of the first things she talked about was how they are trying to save the Maui dolphins and how our fishing industry is responsible for them being endangered. I politely explained that we disagreed about that and how?cat poo washed into our oceans was what was really killing the Maui dolphins.

When Molly left I went to the Forest and Bird website and read what they had to say about Maui dolphins. They want the government to ban set netting in the areas where the Maui dolphins live up to 100m depth which seems perfectly reasonable. They acknowledge on their site that it is net netting that is the main cause of Maui dolphin fishing related deaths. Here in Arkles bay Cam has been fighting the reintroduction of set netting and he has been in the local paper a couple of times because of it.

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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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So green eco-terrorists lie. What?s new? Problem is that they waste time and money

Some green eco-terrorists have made claims about the death?of a Maui dolphin. It turns out they have zero evidence of their claims and a wild goose chase has ensued to find out what, if anything, has happened.

A cover-up is being alleged over the death of a critically endangered Maui’s dolphin outside a protected are off Taranaki, but the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says the claim is unsubstantiated.

German conservation group NABU International spent three years trying to verify claims it had heard one of the dolphins was caught in a gillnet during the 2012/2013 fishing year.

It claims to have a statement from an eyewitness on the boat who said an official government observer told them he had “seen nothing”.

There are no recorded deaths of Maui’s dolphin in the official database of fishing bycatch for the 2012/2013 year. There are estimated to be around 50 of the mammals left.

NABU head of endangered species conservation Dr Barbara Maas says the group had tried for years to get MPI to confirm the rumour.

“To no avail, and given there are so few animals, we felt compelled to make this information available to the public in the hope it would spark some much-needed change.”

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Taranaki is booming and there are no ecological disasters, yet Auckland doesn’t want that

The council will decide on Thursday whether it will allow oil exploration in the area.

The vote would form part of the council’s response to the government’s consultation over the 2016 block offer, which granted deep sea drilling permits to companies wanting to establish the size of gas and oil deposits in four areas.

One councillor, John Watson, said he would vote against the proposal, because the economic benefits were not worth the environmental risk.

John Watson is a dick. ? Have a look at the Taranaki coast and Taranaki local economy. ?And he doesn’t want that? ?I guess Watson won’t fly in a plane either. ?Or drive a car. ?It won’t be worth the risk. ?Will it?

Environment, Climate Change and Natural Heritage Committee chair Wayne Walker agreed oil exploration in the area was not worth the risk.

He said the ocean off the west coast was home to critically endangered Maui dolphins, and exploration could put them under threat.

“The exploration area overlaps with the marine mammal sanctuary which was created for Maui dolphins, and whales, and other cetaceans. So this is serious,” he said.

And the last time that Maui dolphins were killed there by oil exploration or related activities? ? Never. ? The last time Maui dolphins were seen in the exploration area? ? Check this out ? Read more »

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Whaleoil stalwart cows4me wrote

For three years now the ministry of primary industry has employed 34 observers to search for the Maui’s dolphin.

These observers have spent hundreds of days off the Taranaki coast looking for these elusive animals.

All this after set netting restrictions have crippled local fisherman’s livelihoods in the belief set netting was killing Maui dolphins.

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Great news! Unrestricted oil exploration can start in 15 years – or sooner?

New research suggests New Zealand’s Maui’s dolphins – the smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world – could be extinct within 15 years if protection is not stepped up.

According to new estimates just 43-47 individuals, including about 10 mature females, are left.

The study is being presented at a meeting of the scientific committee of the International

“These new figures are a loud wakeup call: New Zealand has to abandons its current stance, which places the interests of the fishing industry above biodiversity conservation, and finally protect the dolphins’ habitat from harmful fishing nets, seismic airgun blasts and oil and gas extraction,” said Dr Barbara Maas, Nabu’s head of endangered species conservation.

Unless this happened, Dr Maas said the dolphin’s extinction was ”a matter of when, not if”.

I have a better plan. ? Instead of trying to save a genetic aberation from certain extinction, let’s just leave them to it. ? If they make it, fine. ?If they don’t we have some oil exploration to get on with. ? Read more »

Vote with your head

Yesterday, Metiria Turei released Green Policy which is nothing short of economic treason. ?Going for a mixture of scare tactics, disinformation and the ever useful ‘cute dolphin’ factor, they hope to generate the usual hysteria.

Nick Smith is repeating what he keeps telling the Greens in parliament: ?(over and over and over again)

There has not been a single incident involving Maui?s dolphin and Taranaki?s $3 billion oil and gas industry in over 40 years.?

That’s kind of critical. ?The Green Party want to protect an animal that has not been in any practical or real danger of oil related activities for?over 40 years.

The prohibition on any new oil and gas exploration in this large area will come at a huge economic cost long-term not just to Taranaki but more widely to New Zealand. The Government introduced compulsory regulations for protecting marine mammals from exploration activities in 2010 that ensures no harm to Maui?s,

I think we can rest assured that this policy will never see the light of day. ?Even if there is going to a Labour/Green led coalition, the Labour Party isn’t going to allow the Greens to strangle one of New Zealand’s most profitable industries and risk regional destruction and job losses to protect dolphins that have not been recorded as having any kind of adverse problem.

You just have to see the size of the sea area involved, how small an oil platform is compared to that, and the actual physical impact on the habitat of the dolphins, if they even choose to be present, is probably less than 0.00001% or thereabouts. ? ?? Read more »

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