Thursday, 23 March 2017

Oil drilling in Maui dolphin habitat threatens species - Green Party

Image result for maui dolphinThere are fears a decision to allow oil drilling off the Taranaki coast could spill disaster for New Zealand's rare Maui dolphins. 35% of the dolphins habitat is to be opened up to exploration and Green Party MP Gareth Hughes says it's a reckless move. Mr Hughes says a move away from the finite resource of fossil fuels needs to be made. Only 63 Maui dolphins remain in the wild. Net fishing is likely to be the largest source of Maui dolphin deaths caused by humans. The effects of marine mining, drilling and construction, including seismic surveys also threaten the world's rarest dolphin. according to the Department of Conservation.

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