IWC demands action on rare New Zealand dolphin

A critically-endangered Maui's dolphin swims off the west coast of New Zealand's North IslandThe International Whaling Commission (IWC) has called on New Zealand to take urgent action to save the world’s rarest dolphin from extinction, voicing “grave concern” about its future. Population numbers of the Maui’s dolphin, the world’s smallest and scarcest sub-species found only in waters off New Zealand’s North Island, have dwindled to less than 50, prompting fears it could reach the point of no return without strong action, including a ban on fishing in its habitat. The IWC, in a report released over the weekend, said not enough was being done to prevent the dolphins becoming “bycatch” to the commercial fishing industry.

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