Captain’s prosecution a strong reminder

Maritime NZ’s Regional Manager Central, Michael-Paul Abbott, said Thursday sentencing of a cargo ship’s master is a strong reminder and warning to seafarers: “if you are over the alcohol limit, you will be prosecuted. Safety is paramount”. The...... Read More

Māui dolphin found dead on Auckland beach

The body of a juvenile dolphin, thought to be a Māui dolphin, has been found washed up on an Auckland beach. The dead dolphin was reported to the Department of Conservation (DOC) yesterday by a member of the public at Karioitahi Beach. DOC Marine...... Read More

Pet dogs trained to sniff out invasive fish species

Household dogs are being trained to sniff out invasive fish species. If successful, the family pet could become a crucial tool in identifying new incursions of invasive fish such as koi carp and catfish, before populations become established. It is...... Read More

Float-free beacons compulsory from Jan 1

Maritime NZ is reminding operators they must install float-free EPIRB distress beacons on commercial fishing vessels by 1 January 2019. This applies to those vessels between 7.5 metres and 24 metres operating outside enclosed waters. Domonic Venz,...... Read More

Researchers deploy mussels to clean Mahurangi Harbour

Around 50 people volunteered to shovel tonnes of mussels into the sea early this month in a ground-breaking initiative to clean up the Mahurangi Harbour. The project is being undertaken by Revive Our Gulf – a group of scientists, planners and...... Read More

No pussyfooting on catfish programme

The catfish eradication programme is gathering pace as the weather improves and the holiday season nears. Catch rates over the winter were low, but concerns were raised several months ago with numbers of catfish at record levels in Lake Rotoiti. Some...... Read More

DOC to monitor dolphins after stranding

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is keeping a close eye on a pod of dolphins in the Far North after four stranded on Tokerau Beach this morning. Local residents successfully refloated the animals. Once the dolphins were about 20 metres offshore...... Read More

Sanford’s sale potentially affecting Tauranga jobs

New Zealand seafood company Sanford has announced it now has an unconditional agreement to sell its Tauranga based pelagic business to local company Pelco NZ Ltd. The assets included are three purse seine fishing vessels, processing equipment and pelagic...... Read More

Paua poacher sentenced to 18 months jail

A jail sentence for a Porirua pāua poacher will send a strong message that stealing from our fisheries will not be tolerated, says Ministry for Primary Industries. Fifty-six-year-old Ruteru Sufia was sentenced in the Porirua District Court yesterday...... Read More