Tagged: fisheries

Snapper spillover: Marine reserves boost local population - News

John Kerr Oct 18, 2017

New Zealand’s first marine reserve doesn’t just protect snapper inside the reserve, it also acts as a snapper super-nursery, contributing ten times more fish than expected to the surrounding areas.  The findings come from a new University of Auckland study examining the genetic relationships between fish inside and outside the boundaries of the Goat Island Marine Protected Area (MPA) north … Read More

New Zealand’s fisheries quota management system: on an undeserved pedestal - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 05, 2017

By Glenn Simmons; Bruce Robertson; (David) Hugh Whittaker, University of Oxford; Elisabeth Slooten; Fiona McCormack, University of Waikato; Graeme Bremner; Nigel Haworth; Simon Francis Thrush, and Steve Dawson In popular imagination, New Zealand’s fisheries management system is a globally recognised story of sustainability, reflecting a “clean and green” environmental … Read More

Radar-sensing albatrosses could become ‘patrollers of the Southern Ocean’ - News

John Kerr Jun 21, 2017

New technology which tracks how much time seabirds spend around fishing vessels could be recruited into the fight against illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean. The use of GPS trackers to chart the travels of wildlife is not exactly new, but developments in animal tracking now allow researchers to not only see where animals are, but also who else might … Read More

Gender matters in science - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf May 23, 2016

There’s been some unsettling things happen in New Zealand science of late, but you may not have noticed all of them, as they relate to gender. It’s been a bit of a weird week for New Zealand science. There’s been the fishing debacle that’s unfolded like a intricate piece of origami – many extra facets and information being revealed each … Read More

New report: NZ’s marine fisheries catch massively under-reported - News

Erica Mather May 16, 2016

The findings from a re-analysis of marine fisheries catches from New Zealand waters between 1950 and 2010 suggests the actual catch was 38.1 million tonnes, which is 2.7 times higher than the reported catch statistics for this 61 year period. The incomplete statistics are largely accounted for by the omission of unreported industrial catch and discarded fish, the … Read More

The race to fish: how fishing subsidies are emptying our oceans - Guest Work

Guest Work Oct 19, 2015

Rashid Sumaila, University of British Columbia Fish numbers are rapidly dwindling globally, and fishery subsidies are one of the key drivers behind this decline. In 2009, these subsidies totalled about US$35 billion, creating incentives for fishers around the world to increase their catch. But this short-term “race to fish” is jeopardising the long-term environmental, social, and economic … Read More

Time to get fuzzy about penguins – #voteAdelie Part 1 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Nov 23, 2014

How can anyone resist voting for this cutie in the annual Bird of the Year campaign?   Penguins captivate us human-folk. They’re one of those animals that just oozes natural charisma. It’s largely because they appear so like us with their upright stance and their dinner suited attire, their sometimes funky ‘hairstyles’ and their mannerisms that seem just so … Read More

Supporting homeopathy for Ebola loses natural health brief but more needed - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 04, 2014

In a step in the right direction for evidence-based policy, Green Party member of parliament Steffan Browning has been stripped of his natural health portfolio by his party’s caucus but more is needed. As I related in my previous piece, his is not a idle blunder but an example of his thinking. This line of … Read More

New illegal shark-finning tactic - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 10, 2013

Historically NZ has banned the finning of live sharks, and looks to be set to eliminate the practice entirely. This is in line with other countries.  The United Nations recommends a ‘fins naturally attached policy’ which would require vessels to keep the whole shark. Interestingly, anti-shark-fin campaigns are also springing up in Chinese social media (like Weibo). The … Read More

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