Fish 0 Posted July 29, 2021 Share Posted July 29, 2021 Following on from Silly Rules Parts 1 & 2, the Cat 1 windows and hull cleaning rules, this article is bad PR for DoC. Marine Bio's saying the rules are rubbish, and DoC is using scare tactics. Whowaddathunk? It is interesting that the only people supporting the proposal are commercial operators with existing permits to swim with the dolphins. And a large proportion of submissions are on pro-forma's from Forest & Bird who don't live in the area (i.e. eco zeolots who don't really understand what they are talking about). "Misrepresented" data and "inadequate" supporting information, communicated with "scare tactics". Those are some of the criticisms of the Department of Conservation's (DOC) marine mammal sanctuary proposal in Te Pēwhairangi - the Bay of Islands. But University of Auckland associate professor and dolphin researcher Rochelle Constantine told RNZ many of the animals had just moved elsewhere. She said the information behind the proposal was "inadequate". "The Department of Conservation needs to be honest about the information, they did not gather people who have actually worked in this area and know how to do this work." She is the first to admit it's odd for a marine biologist to oppose protection rules, but told RNZ it would be "perverse" to support something she didn't think would do the job. "The Department needs to actually have a look at where they're putting their efforts and resources around credible research, good enforcements, good education and actually not misrepresenting information as it currently stands - which is unfortunately what's happened here." She is not the only highly-esteemed marine biologist opposing the plans. Dr Ingrid Visser's submission described DOC's data as "highly distorted" and she said DOC "does not spend sufficient time on the water or in educational programs protecting marine mammals". Bay of Islands Snorkelling skipper Tammy Jameson told RNZ the proposal had been highly controversial among residents. "The scare tactics of DOC have been really disgraceful because the way they've put it across is ... 'they're [the dolphins are] all dying.'" She said it was impossible for boaties and swimmers to constantly know where the animals were, and the rules would be difficult to follow in some places, like Tāpeka Point. "That is like Spaghetti Junction in Auckland. It is the busiest spot in the Bay of Islands and it is the way to get out and around and they [dolphins] spend a lot of time there. So if everyone stops there and has to wait for these dolphins to leave, it's going to cause chaos." DOC 'misrepresenting information', biologist says | RNZ News Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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