Endangered Maui's dolphins fighting for survival off NZ coast
10 June 2013 Last updated at 16:09 BST
The plight of a critically endangered dolphin subspecies is expected to be one of the main talking points at the International Whaling Commission's scientific committee currently underway in Jeju, South Korea.
Maui's dolphins are only found in a small area off the coast of New Zealand's North Island.
But with only 55 adults believed to be in existence the fight to ensure their survival has proved a contentious issue in a country famed for its environmental credentials.
Ben Brown reports.