Auckland's port is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. This marine park is one of the few places in the world with a semi-resident population of Bryde’s whale. The local whale population is small, and is listed as critically endangered in New Zealand. The whales are vulnerable to ship strike, which is a threat to the local population’s long-term survival.
For this reason, Ports of Auckland, the shipping industry, New Zealand’s Department of Conservation and the University of Auckland are leading efforts to find ways to reduce the risk of vessels colliding with a whale. This protocol is part of that effort. It outlines steps that masters should take when planning their passages to and from Auckland, and what to do while transiting the Hauraki Gulf.
- Plan to slow down
- Watch for whales
- Report whale sightings
Read the full protocol here.