Mike Donoghue is a Senior International Relations
Officer (Marine) with the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC).
He holds an M.Sc. in Oceanography from Southampton University, and is
the Scientific Adviser to New Zealand’s Commissioner to the International
Prior to joining DOC. in 1987, he spent eight years
as a self-employed longline fisherman in the Hauraki Gulf, near Auckland.
He has published several articles on interactions between marine mammals
and fisheries in New Zealand. Mike has provided policy advice since
1987 to successive Ministers of Conservation on conservation and protection
of endemic New Zealand marine mammals, particularly Hector’s dolphin
and New Zealand (Hooker’s) sea lion.
He has published several articles on interactions between
marine mammals and fisheries in New Zealand and has provided policy
advice since 1987 to successive Ministers of Conservation on conservation
and protection of endemic New Zealand marine mammals, particularly Hector's
dolphin and New Zealand (Hooker's) sea lion. He was largely responsible
for establishing the Conservation Services Levies programme in New Zealand,
through which fishers pay the costs of research and implementation of
projects to avoid, remedy and mitigate the impacts of commercial fishing
on marine protected species.
As well as leading a humpback whale research programme
in Tonga, Mike also co-ordinates the activities of the South Pacific
Whale Research Consortium, which brings together biologists studying
whales in eastern Australia, New Caledonia, Tonga, the Cook Islands,
French Polynesia, Chile and Colombia. Other work in the Pacific region
has included assisting the governments of the Cook Islands and Samoa
to draft legislation establishing whale sanctuaries in their waters
and attendance at the 2001 Regional Forum to progress a South Pacific
Whale Sanctuary. Mike is a Board member of the Marine Conservation Action