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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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Kirstie Knowles: Human predators driving sharks to the brink

Peter Griffin posted in on January 7th, 2009.

Kirstie Knowles, marine conservation advocate for Forest & Bird, writes in today’s Herald about the devastating impact of long-line fishing and shark “finning” on shark populations. Column available to read here. An excerpt: “Our longline tuna fishery catches twice as many blue sharks as “by-catch” as it does tuna. Ministry of Fisheries data shows that […]

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