New Zealand signs up to international CleanSeas campaign

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New Zealand has joined the United Nations-led CleanSeas campaign to rid our oceans of plastic, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. Read more »

The deadliest catch: the need to address lost fishing gear

Press Release – Global Ghost Gear Initiative

A new report released today (09/03/18) by World Animal Protection has found that the worlds 15 biggest seafood companies need to do more to stop their lost fishing nets killing millions of fish every year. This Report includes Nissui, which half … Read more »

Marine protection off South Island coast

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Marine protection off South Island coast Two options to protect areas of ocean off the east coast of the South Island will be considered by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage. The Ministers today released the final … Read more »

Have your say on the Conservation (Infringement System) Bill

Press Release – Office of the Clerk

Public submissions are now open on the Conservation (Infringement System) Bill. This bill proposes broad changes to laws around protecting New Zealands environment. The bill focuses mainly on ensuring penalties for conservation-related offences are … Read more »

NZ commodity prices rise 2.8% in February

Article – BusinessDesk

March 5 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand commodity prices rose in February as supply issues bolstered prices for dairy products as well a lift in meat and fibre prices. Read more »

1080 poisoned trout risk much greater than first declared

Press Release – The Graf Boys

In 2016 the Ministry for Primary Industries released a warning to trout fishermen recommending not to eat trout from 1080 poisoned rivers for at least 7 days. https://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-safety/whats-in-our-food/chemicals-and-food/poison-residues-in-food-animals/1080/ In its report it stated MPI is of the opinion that any food safety risk can be … Read more »

Seaweek – taking action for our oceans

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Seaweek celebrations, beginning on 3 March, provide an opportunity to highlight the plight of our precious marine species, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage says. Were incredibly lucky in New Zealand; we have an ocean area over 15 times our … Read more »

University of Waikato to live-stream public shark dissection

Press Release – University of Waikato

Sharks inspire both fascination and fear. This weekend University of Waikato scientists will give people an inside view of a shark dissection, dispelling some of the myths surrounding the top predator while also contributing to knowledge of shark … Read more »

Political action needed to restore life-supporting capacity

Press Release – Hauraki Gulf Forum

The State of our Gulf report released today by the Hauraki Gulf Forum highlights ongoing degradation in the Hauraki Gulf / Tkapa Moana and states that the most profound recent change to pressures facing the Hauraki Gulf is a surge in population. Read more »

NZ King Salmon declares profit after tax for 1H18 of $15.7 m

Press Release – New Zealand King Salmon

New Zealand King Salmon declares profit after tax for 1H18 of $15.7 million, up 81% on 1H17 Read more »

Fisherman fined $6,000 for under-declaring grey mullet catch

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

A Northland commercial fisherman has been fined a total of $6,000 for under-reporting his commercial grey mullet catch. Read more »

Fisherman fined $6,000 for under-declaring grey mullet catch

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

A Northland commercial fisherman has been fined a total of $6,000 for under-reporting his commercial grey mullet catch. Read more »

Molecular analysis says seaweed not ‘mermaid hair’

Press Release – Northland Regional Council

Molecular analysis says seaweed not mermaid hair. Molecular analysis has confirmed an unusual seaweed hauled up on an anchor in the Bay of Islands late last year is not the potentially invasive mermaids hair. Read more »

NZ Outdoor Recreation Could Be Big Business

Press Release – Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations

NZ Outdoor Recreation Could Be Big Business A New Zealand outdoor recreation advocacy says outdoor recreation is a very big contributor to the economy, but lacked appreciation by government. Read more »

NIWA expertise contributes to healthy hoki fishery

Press Release – NIWA

When NIWA fisheries scientist Richard ODriscoll went to sea earlier this year, he and his team measured so many fish that laid end to end, they would have stretched for 31km. Read more »

Asian Paddle Crabs invade Tauranga

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Thursday 22 February 2018 A summer marine pest survey conducted by MPI has discovered Asian paddle crab (Charybdis Japonica) in Tauranga Harbour. Although this invasive pest is well established in the Hauraki Gulf and Northland, this is the first time … Read more »

Taranaki’s coastal environment in the spotlight

Press Release – Taranaki Regional Council

Greater recognition and protection of Taranakis legendary surf breaks, Mori sites of significance and areas of outstanding value are some of the changes proposed by Taranaki Regional Council (TRC). Read more »

Fishing boss admits it’s “commonplace” to not report bycatch

Press Release – Forest and Bird

A director of West Coast fishing company Robson Fishing Partnership/Impulse Fishing admitted the company failed to report seabird deaths for three years, in an Employment Relations Authority case. Forest & Bird has referred the case to the Ministry … Read more »

Seen a sick starfish lately? Scientists would like to know

Press Release – University of Auckland

A wasting disease is killing starfish around the world and now scientists are concerned that a change in sea temperatures might mean the disease could start to have an effect on New Zealand starfish species. Read more »

Cameras on boats – a vital step forward

Press Release – LegaSea

Recreational fishing group LegaSea is calling on Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash to stand firm against industry pressure to dump the introduction of cameras and electronic monitoring on commercial fishing boats. Read more »

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