Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Albatross Protection One Step Closer

WWF hopes New Zealand’s signing of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) in Canberra today heralds a stronger stance on seabird protection by the government.

New Zealand is the albatross capital of the world – 13 out of a total 24 albatross species breed in our waters, and almost all of those are vulnerable or endangered (IUCN ranking).

“Long line fisheries are widely believed to be the major cause of falling albatross populations”, explained WWF New Zealand’s chief executive, Jo Breese.

“At the moment, the government is doing little more than research into albatross decline. WWF believes the steady drop in many albatross populations warrants stronger action.”

“Importantly, the ACAP urges governments to take the ‘precautionary approach’ – which means not waiting for further research before acting to protect albatrosses and petrels.”

“We urge the government to strengthen its national plan of action to at least include simple mitigation measures such as requiring boats to set at night, and to discharge ship’s waste away from setting and hauling”, said Jo Breese. “We also support the government’s move to place more observers on fishing boats.”

“New Zealand is fortunate to be home to so many albatrosses, we need to take a lead in protecting them.”


Image by Graham Robertson, Australia Antarctic Division

ENDS

Background:
- The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels has been two years in the making, including consultation between Southern Ocean governments, governments of major fisheries nations, NGOs, and the United Nations. It is hoped that all the governments of major fisheries nations will sign it.
- In the Southern Ocean, tuna fleets alone set more than 200 million hooks annually. There are similar sized fleets in other fisheries as well.
- New Zealand-based albatross species which are especially at risk of bycatch are: White-capped, buller’s and Salvin’s albatrosses.
- Some of the main longline fisheries in which seabird bycatch occurs are: Patagonian toothfish, tuna, and ling.
- The oldest albatross in the world, aged 66, is still alive.
- The Wandering albatross has a wingspan of 3.5 metres, making it the largest flying bird in the world.
- Albatrosses have the highest proportion of threatened species of any bird family, making them the most imperiled of all the world’s seabirds.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit & Huawei Clusterfudges

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top.

British PM Theresa May might not even make it through to the New Year. In a year’s time Angela Merkel’s shaky coalition will have probably collapsed, and another German election will have been fought by the newly chosen leader of Merkel’s party... More>>

 

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

Science Advisors: Stopping Family Violence – The Evidence

A new report “Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand” by Justice sector Chief Science Advisor, Dr Ian Lambie, discusses the evidence and asks us, as a community, to get involved. More>>

ALSO:

Misuse Of Drugs Act: Medicinal Cannabis Legislation Passes

“Ultimately, this legislation will greatly increase availability of quality medicinal cannabis products, and will allow for their domestic manufacture. It will help people ease their suffering by making a wider range of quality medicinal cannabis products available over time." More>>

ALSO:

Conflicts, Inadequacies: IPCA Finds Police Investigation Flawed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police investigation into inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student in Gisborne in 2014 was deficient in several respects. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference Multimedia: Grace Millane, ACC Levy Hold, Absent Execs

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her Monday post-cabinet press conference with an emotional comment on the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane. More>>

ALSO:

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels