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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 […]

Shark questions answered – NZ Herald &

John Kerr posted in on March 4th, 2013.

Dr Malcom Francis, a fisheries scientist at NIWA, is recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost experts on sharks and their behaviour. In the wake of the fatal shark attack at Muriwai Beach, he answered questions from the public as part of the New Zealand Herald’s Ask an Expert series. He will also be taking […]

Fatal shark attack on popular beach near Auckland

Dacia Herbulock posted in on February 27th, 2013.

Details are still emerging of a fatal shark attack at Muriwai beach west of Auckland. One person was killed and pronounced dead at the scene. Police are reported to have discharged a firearm multiple times during the rescue attempt. The beach has been closed until further notice.   Selected media coverage Shark attack at Muriwai […]

Marine scientists swamp Stewart Island

John Kerr posted in on July 7th, 2011.

The New Zealand Marine Science Society’s annual conference is this year being held far south in Oban, Stewart Island, but hasn’t been missed by some reporters. The theme of this year’s conference is “Understanding, Managing, and Conserving our Marine Environment” and will see presentations from both local and international speakers. Several outlets have already covered […]

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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