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OPERATION PAHU ORGANIC COTTON TEE

Pahu (more commonly known as 'Hector's Dolphins') are endemic to the coastal waters of New Zealands South Island. Current estimates put their population at around 9,000 dolphins, down from a former abundance of 50,000 in 1970. With a population decline of more than 80% in less than 50 years, Pahu are currently listed as an endangered species by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). An inshore dolphin, Pahu spend their time around the coast, and this proximity makes them very vulnerable to human interference. Their greatest threat comes from fishing practices that utilise gill nets or trawling for their catch, and in 2016 a leaked Government report, 'Operation Achilles', revealed that vessels operating within the inshore fisheries region were dumping 20 to 100 percent of their catch during every haul, highlighting the indiscriminate nature of current fishing practices in New Zealand. Along with this, it was shown that dolphins such as Pahu were regularly being caught and killed, without being reported. With such low population numbers, this type of reckless fishing is disastrous for these endemic New Zealand cetaceans.

Pahu is one of the names used by Maori in Te Wai Pounamu (South Island) for Hector’s dolphins. The sound these dolphins make when they breathe is ‘Pahu’.

THE CAMPAIGN

Operation Pahu is Sea Shepherd New Zealand’s first official campaign. It will be a long term determined effort to reduce the risk to Hector’s from illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) commercial and recreational fishing from Te Waewae Bay up to the Canterbury Bight.

Whilst at sea, we will also monitor Hector’s subpopulation numbers, collecting field data and contributing to the existing photo identification catalogue, held at the University of Otago.

Through a combination of science, community engagement and civilian monitoring of fishing activity, 'Operation Pahu' will make a stand for these precious dolphins before it is too late for them.
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