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Peter Flood mom and calf

Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

Mining exploration permit granted inside Māui dolphin sanctuary

A permit has been granted for mining exploration inside the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary, an area established to protect the critically endangered Māui dolphins.

There are fewer than 60 Māui dolphins left and we must do everything we can to protect them.

Please sign our petition now.


WDC Australasia’s Mike Bossley said, ‘at this stage it is only an exploration permit, not a permit to mine. There are a number of legislative obstacles before mining is permitted. However, the exploration company must think there is a reasonable chance of getting such permission otherwise they would not go to the expense of exploring.’

Even an exploratory exercise risks causing disturbance to this highly vulnerable group of dolphins.

The Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage, has said that the Department of Conservation ‘has significant concerns about the risk commercial mining would pose to Māui dolphins’.

WDC has written to Sage and to Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to express our concern and remind them that the New Zealand government made an election promise to protect these iconic, indigenous and critically endangered dolphins and we expect them to keep that promise.

Please sign our petition now.