Bay of Islands Marine Mammal Sanctuary

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Yep what a joke,no feed no mammals.  And you slow down ,even stop and flipper still wants to hang around?? I can see DOC joining fisheries over xmas/new year issuing fines.
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yep - total bull**** - i spent a lot of time reading the submissions - and it was very evident that most were against the implementation 

once again the public consultation is just a bit of window dressing that gets ignored because the result has already been decided
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our place enjoys a view out over this 5knot speed limit zone - my observations over the last couple of weeks since the new legislation has been in place would suggest that boaties are either totally un-aware of or are ignoring the new rules.

i would be extremely confident in saying that there has been no appreciable change in boating behaviour within the new Mammal Sanctuary zone. Slow boats still go slow, fast boats still go fast and jetskis are still the worst offenders of all boating rules - typically 40+kts everywhere incl. within anchored boats

xmas and boxing days had a group of dolphins swimming amongst anchored boats in Paradise Bay, Urupukapuka for several hours at a time - and of course they were like magnets for swimmers, paddle-boarders and kids in dinghies - everyone seemed be enjoying themselves - incl. the dolphins.

your tax dollars well spent again it would seem...
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Been discussion on it on a another site.Where are the rules displayed,clubs not notified,DOC website been out of action for over a week,so no info.

Yes can slow a power boat down within 300m when dolphins approach but how do you slow a yacht that surfing with a spinnaker up in 300m safely??

Dolphins/boats/people been mixing for centuries.  Has DOC looked at the Dolphin food source??If its not there where do they think dolphins are going to go?? One of DOCs reasons is that the Dolphin rides bow waves etc and looses sight of pod so cannot rejoin,bollocks.Most Dolphin encounters last maybe 10 minutes at most and when in feed mode dont interact at all.

Not saying a sanctuary is not a good idea but DOC needs to be realistic,something most wont know the Dolphin interaction is not just for the BOI but applies around the entire NZ coastline now.
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a brief Police presence on this stretch of water yesterday.

no one pulled up for exceeding 5knots - but Police boat itself also observed inadvertently exceeding speed limit- before appearing to realise their mistake and slowing LOL
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Marine mammals decide whether they want to interact or not.
A few years ago I slowed down to watch some orca, next thing I knew they had surrounded the boat and we're following us at our moderate speed, maintaining speed and distance with the boat, broaching and swimming on their sides, looking up at us..then they left, and we continued on our way.

you can't fix an idiot with duct tape, but it does muffle them for a while...
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