The government didn’t make much of a show of Conservation Week – which was probably for the best the Conservation stories coming out weren’t exactly positive for it.
The US potentially banning our fish from its market if we don’t improve our protection of Maui and Hector’s dolphins was a telling end to the week. The potential ban would be a few years down the track from them listing Maui’s as endangered and Hector’s as threatened, but surely it must be a wake-up call to a prime minister with the world’s most endangered marine mammal in his electorate. Coming in a week when 2 dolphins having a chat ‘like humans’ was reported, it’s clear it’s important that we take action to protect our own indigenous species.
The Kermadec Sanctuary row continued on, as even Bill English had to admit they’d got the process wrong (maybe actually consulting Maori might have been a good idea, Bill?). National are now scrabbling to keep their support partner.
And MPI had to admit that our quota system is horribly compromised by fish dumping. A systemic problem impacting on stocks, that could put half the inshore fleet out of business.
Not a great show for conservation on its week to be raised in public awareness.
Now, onto Suffragette Day today, surely National will be doing better there… oh… no…