The MPI believes that illegal recreational set-netting is to blame for the death of a Hector's dolphin on the West Coast earlier this year.
But this finger pointing exercise is another typical manner which the MPI shows that they are incompetent.
An investigation involving MPI and the Department of Conservation (DOC) was launched after a member of the public found the dead dolphin on Blaketown beach in Greymouth in March.
In spite of a thorough 3-month-long investigation the MPI can only guess after reviewing the pathology report and examining data and environmental considerations that this animal's death was very likely to have been the result of the dolphin becoming fatally entangled in an illegal set-net used by commercial or recreational fishers.
Only one commercial vessel has used set-nets close to the area and it had not been fishing there at the time the dolphin died. However this doesn’t mean commercial weren’t involved it just means they haven’t linked the dolphin death to any commercial fishing activity at the time.
Commercial fishers know the penalties and are just as likely to lie and cover their tracks as anyone.
The pathology report shows a knife had been used to remove the dolphin's tail after death which.
The type of deep and narrow lacerations on its body are consistent with monofilament net which is used by recreational fishers rather than trawl mesh which is used by commercial fishers.
However no mention is made of the many commercial set-netters for flounder, when it is common knowledge that cutting off of the tail is a commercial trick to sink the dolphin.
There are anecdotal reports that suggest fishers in some countries open up the abdominal cavity of mammal bycatch in an attempt to make them sink when they return them overboard. An action predominantly carried out by commercial fishers trying to hide any evidence. This may well have been the case here. That particular action is also an offence, even after death.
Despite the fact MPI spoke to a large number of people, they have not been able to identify the individual or individuals responsible.
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