Conservation of Hector's dolphins: The case and process which led to establishment of the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary
Version of Record online: 28 JUN 2006
Copyright © 1993 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
Volume 3, Issue 3, pages 207–221, September 1993
How to Cite
Dawson, S. M. and Slooten, E. (1993), Conservation of Hector's dolphins: The case and process which led to establishment of the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Aquatic Conserv: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst., 3: 207–221. doi: 10.1002/aqc.3270030305
- Issue online: 28 JUN 2006
- Version of Record online: 28 JUN 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 MAY 1993
- Manuscript Received: 17 AUG 1992
- 1.Entanglement in gillnets constitutes the greatest known threat to populations of small cetaceans. In 1988, in response to data on the distribution and abundance, incidental catch, reproduction and population biology of Hector's dolphins, and after an extended period of public consultation, New Zealand's Department of Conservation created a 1170 km2 Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Within this area, gillnetting on a commercial scale is illegal and amateur fishers may only set gillnets in specific times and places.
- 2.This paper summarizes the salient points of research that led to the creation of the sanctuary, briefly describes the process by which the sanctuary was established, and offers some comments on the information required for conservation management of small cetaceans.