Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Good response on endangered eels so far


Good response on endangered eels so far – Environment Commissioner

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, has told a committee of MPs that she is pleased with the Government’s response on the endangered longfin eel so far, but more remains to be done.

Dr Wright was addressing the Local Government and Environment Committee on her report, On a pathway to extinction? An investigation into the status and management of the longfin eel, which was published in April. In this report, she raised serious concerns about the future of longfin eels – the largest and longest-lived freshwater eels in the world.

She says she has been heartened by the positive response from Ministers.

“The Minister of Conservation and the Minister for Primary Industries have both been very receptive to my concerns about the longfin eel and initiated work in line with my recommendations.

“I am looking forward to seeing DOC’s proposals to protect eel habitat and fish passage.

“I am also looking forward to finding out about the progress MPI has made to setting up the expert independent panel that is to review the status of the longfin eel population.

“These eels are precious and exist nowhere else in the world – we have a responsibility to ensure their survival.”

A copy of the full report is available here.


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Industry Report: Growing Interactive Sector Wants Screen Grants

Introducing a coordinated plan that invests in emerging talent and allows interactive media to access existing screen industry programmes would create hundreds of hi-tech and creative industry jobs. More>>

ALSO:

Ground Rules: Government Moves To Protect Best Growing Land

“Continuing to grow food in the volumes and quality we have come to expect depends on the availability of land and the quality of the soil. Once productive land is built on, we can’t use it for food production, which is why we need to act now.” More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society: Calls For Overhaul Of Gene-Technology Regulations

An expert panel considering the implications of new technologies that allow much more controlled and precise ‘editing’ of genes, has concluded it’s time for an overhaul of the regulations and that there’s an urgent need for wide discussion and debate about gene editing... More>>

ALSO:

Retail: Card Spending Dips In July

Seasonally-adjusted electronic card spending dipped in July by 0.1 percent after being flat in June, according to Stats NZ. Economists had expected a 0.5 percent lift, according to the median in a Bloomberg poll. More>>

ALSO:

Product Stewardship: Govt Takes More Action To Reduce Waste

The Government is proposing a new way to deal with environmentally harmful products before they become waste, including plastic packing and bottles, as part of a wider plan to reduce the amount of rubbish ending up in landfills. More>>

ALSO:

Earnings Update: Fonterra Sees Up To $675m Loss On Writedowns

“While the Co-op’s FY19 underlying earnings range is within the current guidance of 10-15 cents per share, when you take into consideration these likely write-downs, we expect to make a reported loss of $590-675 million this year, which is a 37 to 42 cent loss per share." More>>

ALSO: