Marine

Crayfish crisis worries marine scientists

Auckland University scientists are calling for an expansion of the Cape Rodney-Okakari Point (Goat Island) Marine Reserve to stop crayfish numbers dwindling to an all-time low. The university operates the Leigh Marine Laboratory, and the reserve was...... Read More

Checkpoint uncovers massive illegal paua haul

A joint Ministry for Primary Industries and NZ Police checkpoint in Taranaki has uncovered a massive illegal haul of paua, the majority of which were undersized. MPI fishery officers and Police stopped and inspected cars travelling on State Highway...... Read More

Coastguard swamped with demand

Every year, nearly 7000 New Zealanders – 19 a day on average – are brought home safely from New Zealand seas, lakes and rivers after an emergency. This prevents 18,000 children from losing their mum or dad, 11,000 grandparents from losing...... Read More

Boaties behaving more safely, says Maritime NZ

New research released today shows recreational boaties are behaving more safely but Maritime NZ is warning them not to slip up on their good work this summer. Lifejacket wearing behaviour is steady. In addition more boaties are checking the weather,...... Read More

Tauranga man drowns trying to save child

News a man drowned while trying to save a child has sparked an outpouring of tributes for the Tauranga man. Angelo Tuyay drowned at Hot Water Beach, in the Coromandel, on Sunday. In a post on Facebook, Couples for Christ New Zealand says “it...... Read More

Net may have killed rare dolphin, expert says

A marine mammal expert is casting doubt on a report that says a rare dolphin most likely died from blood poisoning. The pathology report in to the death of what is believed to be a critically-endangered Māui dolphin, was released just over a week...... Read More

Maketu Coastguard win big

Members of the Maketu Coastguard won big, at last night’s 2018 Coastguard National Awards of Excellence, held in Wellington. The volunteer crew walked away with two awards, including Coastguard National Unit of the year and Community Relations...... Read More

Battle of the bad boys in penguin face-off

It turns out nice penguins do finish last, as two bad boy penguins go flipper to flipper to be dubbed New Zealand's Penguin of the Year. More than 2500 people from 66 countries, including the US, UK, China, Peru and Estonia, have voted for their...... Read More

Boaties urged not to become ’summer statistic’

There have been only three boating fatalities this year for 2018 – almost an all-time low - but already Maritime NZ is warning boaties not to become part of the usual “statistic spike” this summer. Wellington wharf-jumper and incoming...... Read More

Canterbury dominate Scholastic Surfing champs

The Canterbury Junior Surfing Team has claimed their first ever team title at the National Scholastic Surfing Championships presented by Pub Charity today. In a three way battle with defending champions Bay of Plenty and the impressive Auckland Team,...... Read More