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Fish report authors respond to criticisms – NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on May 24th, 2016.

The authors of a report reconstructing the history of New Zealand’s fisheries catch – and finding it out of step with official figures – have responded to to some of the criticisms levelled at their research. You can read earlier expert commentary on the report collected by the SMC and a response from the Ministry […]

UPDATED: NZ Fisheries catch under-reported – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 16th, 2016.

Updated: Response from MPI added A new study suggests that New Zealand’s total fisheries catch since 1950 is 2.7 times higher than officially reported. Between 1950 and 2013, 24.7 million tonnes of fish went unreported, compared to the 15.3 million that was officially reported to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, the international research led […]

Redesigned nets let small fish escape – Māori TV and 3 News

Laura Goodall posted in on April 8th, 2015.

Two different research-based approaches to boost New Zealand’s fishing sustainability have recently been covered in the media, both of which involve using nets designed with wider holes so that young fish can escape. Ngāti Kahungunu, in partnership with Hawke’s Bay Seafoods, are now planning on using a more sustainably-designed net on all their trawlers, reports Aroha Treacher at Māori TV. […]

Study tracks the secret life of sharks

John Kerr posted in on August 13th, 2014.

A ten year study peeking into the private lives of New Zealand sharks has answered some questions about where they travel and what they do, but also raised new ones, say researchers. The shark tagging and tracking project undertaken by NIWA and the Department of Conservation (DOC) has been running since 2005 and followed the […]

Scombroid fish poisoning – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on February 5th, 2014.

AusSMC: Following reports linking scombroid fish poisoning to the deaths of Queenslanders Noelene Bischoff, 54, and her 14-year-old daughter Yvana in Bali, the following information has been collected from experts by the Australian Science Media Centre. The Food Safety Information Council has provided the following information about scombroid (histamine) fish poisoning: “Histamine poisoning has similar symptoms to Ciguatera […]

Dom Post: Scientists study sharks for the lemon in fish and chips

Peter Griffin posted in on December 22nd, 2010.

An article in the Dominion Post looks into the work being done by NIWA scientists, who are catching young rig sharks in preparation for a national survey looking into their behaviour, habitat preferences, and what risks they face. The sharks are commonly called ‘lemon fish’, and are often used in fish and chips. An excerpt: […]

Stuff Science: New Zealand fish language recorded

Peter Griffin posted in on July 7th, 2010.

Kiran Chug writes for the Dominion Post about the discovery by local scientists that New Zealand fish ‘talk’. Some species talk more than others, however – while goldfish are completely silent, gurnard and bigeyes make grunting and popping sounds. An excerpt: (read in full here) “His study began two years ago, when he started listening […]

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