Experts and activists say the Government's proposed response to recent Hector's dolphin deaths does not go far enough and more needs to be done to protect the nationally endangered species.

This comes after the Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, directed Fisheries New Zealand to figure out a way to reduce the number of Hector's dolphin deaths.

A briefing to Nash from Fisheries, obtained by the Herald under the Official Information Act (OIA), shows the Government was concerned about the 12 reported Hector's dolphins caught in commercial fishing nets over the past two summers.

However, the briefing suggests the number is


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