Auckland Council’s proposal to increase the maximum speed boats can travel under its new Navigation Safety bylaw, has raised fears of an increase in marine animals being struck and killed, Stuff reports. The proposal would raise the maximum speed boats can travel from 12 to 18 knots in Waitematā Harbour, to ensure ferries arrive on time. Councillor and Hauraki Gulf Forum co-chairwoman Pippa Coom said the proposed 50 percent speed hike is a step in the wrong direction. The Navigation Safety bylaw sets the rules for activity on Auckland’s waters. The council has requested a new bylaw as the existing one is set to expire.