It's your chance to have a say on how to save Maui dolphins.
The Government is calling for submissions on ways to protect the species.
Earlier this year conservationists made submissions on interim proposals.
This resulted in a temporary extension of the set net ban in Taranaki and mandatory observers on trawl fishers outside 2 nautical miles.
Many people who made submissions were from Muriwai and surrounding areas, who shared an affinity with the endangered little dolphins.
Scientists say the interim measures didn't go far enough to save the dolphins but it's not too late.
There's a chance to remedy this with permanent protection discussed in the review of the dolphin's Threat Management Plan.
Scientists say the dolphins need protection within their whole habitat including harbours, and in dolphin corridors between the North and South islands.
Survival requires a comprehensive ban on recreational and commercial gill netting in this area as well as avoiding other human induced mortality.
The interim protection was an immediate response to a spate of Maui's dolphin deaths.
Research showed only 55 adult dolphins remain from a population of about 1000 in the 1970s.
Submissions are due by November 12.
Comments can be sent to MauiTMP@MPI.govt.nz and MauiTMP@doc.govt.nz.
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