Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Necropsy confirms Bryde’s whale killed by ship strike

Necropsy confirms Bryde’s whale killed by ship strike

A Bryde’s whale found dead at Poutawa Beach, near Pakiri, was killed by a ship strike.

The 15.3 metre long male Bryde's whale was found on the beach on Friday (September 12). A necropsy was completed late on Saturday (September 13). It showed that the whale died from severe trauma after being struck by a vessel.

A representative of Ngati Manuhiri blessed the whale before it was buried at the beach after the necropsy.

The Hauraki Gulf/Tipaka Moana is a particularly important habitat for Bryde’s whales, containing one of the few known resident populations in the world. There are fewer than 200 Bryde’s whales either resident or passing through the Gulf.

There have now been 44 recorded fatalities of Bryde’s whales in the greater Hauraki Gulf since 1989. Twenty of these dead whales were examined, and it was found that 17 died as the result of a ship strike.

In September last year (2013), Ports of Auckland announced a transit protocol for large vessels using the Gulf.

The protocol urges ship masters to: plan passage through the Gulf so they can travel at a recognised safe speed of 10 knots; keep watch for whales and report sightings.

Department of Conservation Director of Partnerships for Auckland, Meg Poutasi says DOC is working with Ports of Auckland, shipping interests, scientists and environmental groups to raise awareness of, and compliance with, the protocol.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>


Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>


Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>





Featured InfoPages