International Efforts to Assess Risk Factors for Maui’s Dolphin

NMFS scientists collaborate with experts from numerous nations to assess migratory fish, invertebrate, marine mammal and turtle stocks that live and travel across international water boundaries. This international science collaboration is a significant component of NMFS efforts to better understand stock dynamics and the impacts that climate, habitats, and socio-economic activities have on fisheries and protected species.

As an example of this work, this June, SWFSC researcher, Barbara Taylor collaborated with international experts in a risk assessment of Maui's dolphin, a subspecies listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Experts from the U.S. and New Zealand met to consider the risks to this subspecies of which only 55 individuals remain. Results and recommendations from this meeting will be used to establish new protection measures for these animals, which occur only off New Zealand.

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