Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Endangered Leatherback turtle an unusual find

17 January 2006

Endangered Leatherback turtle an unusual find

Department of Conservation staff have taken samples to learn more about the biology of the rare and critically endangered leatherback turtle washed up in Golden Bay last week.

Minister of Fisheries Jim Anderton said it was unusual to find leatherback turtles in Golden Bay. "Leatherbacks are typically found in warmer temperatures than those in Golden Bay; however fishers have recently been observing more warm water species in the area. It is possible this turtle came south due to the warm weather and water temperatures we have been experiencing lately."

The turtle was discovered floating in the Challenger Scallop Company spat catching site in Golden Bay offshore of Tarakohe Harbour. A staff member on board a Challenger vessel identified the turtle as a leatherback and promptly informed the District Compliance Manager of the Ministry of Fisheries in accordance with the Wildlife Act. The turtle drifted from the position in which it was first found to Wainui Bay.

"Leatherback turtles are a protected species under the Wildlife Act, and according to law members of the public are not allowed to be in possession of them," Jim Anderton said.

It is not known whether the turtle became entangled in the spat catching equipment or drifted dead into the site. However the Challenger Scallop Company are already working with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to look at the future deployment of spat catching gear and developing a code of practice to ensure any risks to turtles are minimised.

Note: The leatherback turtle is listed as critically endangered. It takes leatherbacks eight ? 15 years to reach reproductive maturity.

Leatherbacks lay 50 ? 180 eggs per nest and incubation takes 50 ? 55 days. Hatchlings are very small and are vulnerable to predators, both land and water based. Scientists estimate that only 1 in 1000 leatherback hatchlings survive to adulthood.

The world population of the leatherback is estimated between 30,000 and 40,000. In 1980 there were over 115,000 adult females but now there are less than 25,000 worldwide.

Source: http://www.seaturtles.org

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news