Pressure from a new campaign is being put on the Government to take action to save the Maui's dolphin.
The World Wildlife Fund says there are only 55 of the dolphins left. They live only off the west coast of the North Island.
A campaign and petition were launched in Auckland on Monday morning, calling on political leaders to make a commitment in election year to protect the dolphins.
WWF executive director Chris Howe said the dolphins need to be protected from net-setting and trawling.
Mr Howe said they can be saved, but there needs to be action now.