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Govt stands by divisive dolphin plan

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OPINION: Some of the world's rarest marine mammals live in our backyard, and we want people's views on the best way to protect them.

Last week the Government reached out to the public for feedback on its long term plan to protect Hector's and Māui dolphins.

Māui dolphins in particular are in a perilous position – there are only about 63 of them left. There are about 15000 Hector's and they are classified as nationally vulnerable.

Fisheries New Zealand and the Department of Conservation have pulled together the best available scientific evidence about the risks to these dolphins, which draws on a range of new data and helps us to decide where to focus our efforts to protect them.

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