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To protect 10% of the enclosed waters of the
Bay of Islands with no-take marine reserves
Community Consultation Document
1st May 2014 prepared by:
Fish Forever, Bay of Islands Maritime Park Inc.
The vast expanses of the South Pacific Ocean have, until recently, concealed the identity of the world’s rarest whale, the spade-toothed beaked whale (Mesoplodon traversii).
The latest issue of the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s newsletter asks are we in danger of losing our resident Bryde’s whales?
Weaving the Strands also reflects on the life and legacy of Jim Holdaway, a founding father of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, reports on several new species making their way back around the park, and details some detective work on the NZ storm petrel.
Restoration of a Kawau icon, progress on a marine spatial plan for the Gulf, the process for assessing risks from fish farming and an important prosecution following fish-dumping are also reported
The New Zealand sea lion species management plan: 2009-2014 (the Plan) provides a strategic framework to guide DOC in managing the recovery of the New Zealand sea lion to non-threatened status.
This factsheet published by the Department of Conservation in 2006 includes information about the four seal species which live in NZ waters. The New Zealand Fur Seal, New Zealand Sea Lion (formerly Hookers Sea Lion), Leopard Seal and the Southern Elephant Seal.
Killer whales (Orcinus orca) interact with longline ﬁsheries around the world, however they have not previously been reported taking ﬁsh oﬀ longlines in New Zealand waters. Two new killer whale prey species (school shark, Galeorhinus galeus and bluenose, Hyperoglyphe antarchia) have been recorded.
A great deal of eﬀort has been applied, world wide, to reduce killer whale-ﬁshery interactions, but few methods are successful. Fishers in New Zealand have used ‘tuna bombs’ and shooting.
In this fascinating Forest & Bird article from 2001 Dr. Ingrid Visser - NZ and international pioneer in Orca research - tells of the many mysteries remaining about Orca populations after 9 years of research.
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