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Maui’s dolphin extinction risk

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 12th, 2013.

A major international conference on marine mammals in Dunedin this week has focused attention on efforts to halt the extinction of Maui’s dolphin, a subspecies unique to New Zealand waters. The Science Media Centre rounded up answers to questions aboutthe charismatic creature’s chances for survival from visiting speakers and participants in the event. Dr Barbara […]

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Dom Post: Fishing limit decisions ‘guesswork’

Peter Griffin posted in on March 9th, 2010.

Nick Churchouse writes in the Dominion Post about the view of an eminent NZ scientist that decisions on commercial fishing limits need to be improved. Currently, says Dr John McKoy (NIWA), not enough is known and the limits are susceptible to influence and overly ambiguous and informal. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Dr McKoy […]

‘Fish for the future’ – the science behind the catch

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 7th, 2010.

ONLINE BRIEFING: Monday 8 March 2010, 11 am NZT Seaweek kicks off this week with the theme ‘Fish for the future’. But faced with threats of overfishing and global fish stock collapses, will our marine resources survive for future generations? New Zealand manages fishing rights to the world’s fourth largest Exclusive Economic Zone, and fishing […]

ODT: Joint Force Robotics

Peter Griffin posted in on October 5th, 2009.

An opinion piece in the Otago Daily Times talks about the growing sophistication of warfare robotics, and the hope of some that combat robots could come to replace almost every function currently played by humans in warfare. It goes on to compare this with Minister Wayne Mapp’s suggestion of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, […]

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