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Marine protected areas on the West Coast

John Kerr posted in on June 17th, 2015.

Almost 10,000 hectares of ocean off the West Coast of the South Island will be protected from damaging commercial fishing. Three new marine protected areas (MPAs) on the West Coast were announced this week by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry. “These new MPAs will add 9557 hectares to New Zealand’s […]

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. […]

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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Maui’s dolphins draw media focus

John Kerr posted in on March 16th, 2012.

The release of a report that estimates there are only 55 Maui’s dolphins left in the world has caused a media stir, with conservation groups and the fishing industry in a standoff over fishing restrictions put forward by the government in response. You can find out more about the report and government measures, and read […]

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Maui’s dolphins need better protection – scientists

John Kerr posted in on March 14th, 2012.

A new Department of Conservation report estimates there are approximately 55 Maui’s dolphins left, leading experts to call for better protection for the world’s rarest dolphin.    The DOC report is based on DNA analysis of genetic samples collected from dolphins between February and March in 2010 and 2011. The research team collected samples from […]

Fishing mishaps reignite calls for Ross Sea protection

John Kerr posted in on January 12th, 2012.

The Green party has called for the Ross Sea in Antarctica to become a marine protected area, in the wake of several fishing vessels running into strife in the region. Korean vessel Jung Woo 2 was evacuated on Wednesday in the Antarctic Ross Sea following a fire which broke out aboard ship. It has been […]

Fishing for the truth on ocean protection

John Kerr posted in on November 22nd, 2011.

An article by Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons in the New Zealand Herald highlights the environmental issues surrounding fishing,  drawing on the research presented in their book ‘Hook, Line & Blinkers: Everything Kiwis Never Wanted to Know About Fishing‘. An excerpt (read in full here): Our oceans can’t survive fishing madness The election is looming, […]

Forensics foil fishy infringment

John Kerr posted in on November 9th, 2011.

The forensic analysis of paint has lead to the fining of a fisherman for the illegal dumping of excess fish,  Facing robust scientific evidence, a Tauranga commercial fisher has pleaded guilty in the Tauranga District Court to a charge of being a party to the dumping of snapper. Dumping of legal size quota species of […]

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Report highlights Hauraki pollution

John Kerr posted in on August 11th, 2011.

The Hauraki Gulf is suffering from extensive environmental degradation due to a variety of factors, according to a report released this week. The report was produced  by The Hauraki Gulf Forum – a joint committee of the Auckland and Waikato councils, government departments and tangata whenua- which reports every three years on the state of […]

ODT: Easiest option on marine reserves

Peter Griffin posted in on February 3rd, 2011.

An editorial in the Otago Daily Times discusses the news that the government will establish three large marine reserves, and why it is significant. However, it also cautions that the news cannot necessarily be taken as a sign that the pace of marine preservation is improving. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Areas around the […]

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