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Large quake shakes Snares Island – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 12th, 2017.

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck the Auckland Islands on Tuesday evening was close to, if not on, the subduction zone where the Australian Plate dips below the Pacific Plate, according to seismologists. The quake was centred about 200km to the southwest of Snares Island, part of the Auckland Islands group. GNS seismologist Dr Bill Fry […]

Minister visits Auckland Islands – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 27th, 2017.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has just returned from a four-day trip to the Auckland Islands on the HMNZS Otago. On the trip, Barry announced that the Department of Conservation (DOC) was celebrating a 14 per cent increase in sea lion pups this year, following years of declining births on the subantarctic Auckland Islands. She said […]

Myths no help to struggling sea lions – Jim Roberts

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 12th, 2016.

Myths about sea lions, sparked by a consultation paper out for public comment, are counterproductive to the conservation of the species, writes Niwa fisheries scientist Dr Jim Roberts. An excerpt (read in full…) Myth – NZ sea lions mainly eat squid Southern arrow squid make up less than one-fifth of their diet. Furthermore, survival and […]

ODT: A raft of research into marine species’ travels

Peter Griffin posted in on September 17th, 2010.

John Gibb writes in the Otago Daily Times about New Zealand research showing the importance of floating kelp as ‘ocean rafts’ on which animals can travel across the ocean. Research from the University of Otago examined bull-kelp which had washed up a Dunedin beach, and found that they had travelled from the subantarctic islands, as […]

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