Consultation open on fisheries sustainability

Fisheries New Zealand starts consultation today on proposed changes to commercial catch settings for four fish stocks for the new fishing year beginning 1 April 2019. Director of Fisheries Management, Stuart Anderson says reviewing catch limits and...... Read More

Foreign fishing crew nabbed for paua offending

Foreign merchant vessels are being warned that a zero tolerance approach will be taken to crew members who exploit our fisheries without regard to the rules. The Ministry for Primary Industries is concerned that despite being repeatedly provided with...... Read More

Avoiding swimming after rain

Monitoring data from last summer made available by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa reveals outdoor swimming spots in New Zealand have good recreational water quality most of the time. Project scientists recommend avoiding the water for up to three days after...... Read More

Opotiki mussel farm to get $20m boost

An investment of more than $20m will be injected into the Eastern Bay of Plenty to help accelerate the development of aquaculture at one of the country’s largest deep water marine farms. The funds provided through the Provincial Growth Fund will...... Read More

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