Marine

MPI prosecutions against fishers takes a dive

The number of prosecutions taken against commercial and recreational fishers has fallen dramatically. Figures provided to RNZ News by the Ministry for Primary Industries show a 20 percent drop in the number of cases making it to court in 2016, followed...... Read More

Pineapple puzzle perplexes Papamoa

Papamoa locals have been left scratching their heads after a dozen mystery pineapples washed up in the surf. The tropical fruits were scattered along the shoreline near Karewa Parade last night. While many locals investigated, they said the smell...... Read More

An urge for government to stand strong

Environmental organisation WWF-New Zealand has announced their support that Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash is committed to enabling transparency and trust in the fisheries management system. WWF says it is vital to protect public...... Read More

Mass seabird deaths swamp wildlife trust

Western Bay and ARRC Wildlife Trusts are handling exceptionally high volumes of birds needing care. “There is a mass seabird mortality with many dead or dying birds being washed up on the beach,” says ARRC Wildlife Trust director and veterinarian...... Read More

Minister rejects fishers’ call for footage exemption

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has rejected a call from the fishing industry to exempt footage gathered on boats from the Official Information Act. A proposal is currently before the government to install cameras across the entire fleet to monitor...... Read More

Matakana Island barricade removed

A joint statement from Matakana Islanders and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council says parties are working together to protect Panepane Point, after islanders barricaded the wharf last week. The barricade prevented local tourism operator Kewpie...... Read More

Beach goers warned to avoid puffer fish

Mount Maunganui beach goers are being warned to steer clear of a number of puffer fish washed up at popular spots along the shorelines. The fish which have been described as having a spiky exterior, have been spotted in the dozens near Mount Main beach...... Read More

’Harmless’ sharks spotted in Wellington Harbour

Dozens of sharks have been spotted closer to shore than usual in Wellington's Oriental Bay. The rig sharks were spotted yesterday and can grow up to 1.5 metres long. NIWA principal scientist Dr Malcolm Francis says the sharks come in every...... Read More

Schoolgirl conquers Motiti Is. solo swim

Tauranga schoolgirl Georgia Bavington has created a little piece of swimming history, becoming the youngest person to conquer the waters between Motiti Island and Papamoa. Just two days after finishing second in her agegroup at the national 10km championships...... Read More

Hawke’s Bay drowning prompts ’safe swim’ message

The drowning of a man at a Hawke's Bay beach is prompting a "safe swim" message. At around 6.50pm on Sunday, a group were swimming at Waimarama Beach in front of the surf club. They were around chest-deep in the water when a man...... Read More