New research from the University of Otago confirms that two of the world’s most endangered dolphin species are disappearing at rapid rates.
Associate professors Liz Slooten and Steve Dawson applied a standard method to determine whether human-induced mortality is causing the decline of Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins.
Their research concluded that the already endangered Hector’s dolphins are disappearing at rates ten times faster than populations can sustain.
Dr Barbara Maas of Care for the Wild says the newly published research confirms that fishing endangers the dolphins.
She says if Hector’s dolphins are to be saved gill nets need to be removed from their habitats