Parliament

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

Principals' Federation:
End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended.

"This is such a win for all the principals who never believed in national standards and who, for the past decade, have argued for what is morally right for our nation's young people and their learning," said Cormick. More>>

 

Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>

ALSO:

RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>

ALSO:

'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages