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

 

First returning albatross welcomed

17 August 2004 - Wellington

First returning albatross welcomed

Forest and Bird today welcomed news of the first northern royal albatross (Diomedea sanfordi) of the new breeding season returning to the Taiaroa Head colony on the Otago peninsula. [1,2]

"Hopefully this will be a good breeding season for these majestic seabirds", said Forest and Bird Otago/Southland field officer, Sue Maturin. "Three adult birds failed to return to the colony during the last breeding season and were possibly killed on longlines".

"Throughout the Southern Ocean, albatrosses are being killed faster than they can replace themselves. The proportion of albatross species threatened with extinction increased from one third in 1994 to 19 of 21 species in 2003. They are now the most threatened family of birds in the world, even more threatened than the flightless ratites which include the four species of kiwi," said Forest and Bird senior researcher Barry Weeber [3].

"Longline fishing poses the most serious extinction threat to the world's albatross species. Northern royal albatrosses are listed as endangered on the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Red List compiled by BirdLife International," said Mr Weeber.

Longline fishing vessels targeting ling and tuna in New Zealand waters kill more seabirds than other domestic fisheries. Longline vessels set lines of up to 100 km long with some 50 million baited hooks set in the New Zealand fishery every year; albatrosses and other seabirds are lured onto the baited hooks, dragged underwater and drowned.

Earlier this month Forest and Bird made a submission to the Government's National Plan of Action to Reduce Seabird Bycatch (NPOA) calling for the use of seabird bycatch mitigation measures on longline fishing vessels to be mandatory rather than voluntary, and the setting of clear timetabled targets for reducing seabird bycatch as in the Falkland Islands NPOA.

"Forest and Bird also urges concerned members of the public to write to the new Fisheries Minister, Hon David Benson-Pope, who is also a Dunedin MP, to express their support for such measures to better protect these majestic seabirds", said Mr Weeber.


ENDS

Notes
1. It reportedly arrived at approximately 1pm on 16 August 2004.
2. Forest and Bird is the BirdLife International Affiliate in New Zealand.
3. There are 21 species of albatross, 19 of which are globally threatened with extinction. Of the 21 species, 14 breed in New Zealand, which is more than any other country.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election