Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Lucky Escape For Rare Native Birds

Rare birds found ensnared in a fishing net at Lake Wairarapa last week were lucky to be released unscathed thanks to some prompt action by Wellington Fish & Game staff.

The three rare Little Black Shags were spotted by a member of the public walking his dog at Lake Domain on the northern shore of Lake Wairarapa.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) didn’t have appropriately qualified staff available so local Fish & Game staff raced to the rescue. The birds were cut free and they swam away.

While Wellington Fish & Game’s jurisdiction centres around game birds, manager Phil Teal says his organisation is happy to help out DOC and iwi when it can.

“Lake Wairarapa is a hub for our waterfowl species, and the game bird hunting tradition there is well over a century old and runs through four or five generations.

“As such, we do a lot of work down there and regularly have staff around monitoring waterfowl populations, enhancing the wetlands and working on water reticulation to improve water quality before it enters the lake.

“It’s good that staff can help out in this way – we’ve always pointed out the work we do benefits not just game birds and hunters but native species too; I guess this a very tangible example of that.”

Mr Teal says the rescue highlights the need for vigilance around set nets.

“Anyone using nets should only set them at dusk and retrieve them before dawn to avoid such by-catch. It’s too easy for waterfowl and sea-birds to become tangled in nets when they’re feeding on the lake during the day.

“The net in question had clearly been left unattended for days – that’s really irresponsible.”

As well as the Little Black Shags, Mr Teal says three trout were also found in the net, all dead.

“Catching protected recreational sports fish through non-sanctioned methods carries big fines. After this incident I’ve informed my staff to increase their vigilance around what is effectively poaching and we’ll prosecute anyone caught taking trout from set nets.”

Mr Teal points out that anyone who catches a sport fish – such as trout or perch – in a set net is legally obliged to return it, dead or alive.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Lancet’s Stance Against The Olympic Games, And On The US Culture Battles Over Abortion

Yesterday - barely a month before the opening ceremony - the Lancet medical journal has called for a global conversation on whether the Olympics should go ahead. But who is able to take part in that conversation? Not the hosts, evidently. In poll after poll, a huge majority of the Japanese people have made it clear they do not want to host the Games... More>>


Environment: Bringing Back The Health Of Hauraki Gulf

New marine protection areas and restrictions on fishing are among a raft of changes being put in place to protect the Hauraki Gulf for future generations.
The new strategy, Revitalising the Gulf – Government action on the Sea Change Plan, released today... More>>


NZ First Returns: Winston Peters - AGM Address

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a pleasure to be in Auckland for the 28th New Zealand First Party Conference. It is our intention and mission to remain the most successful political party outside of National and Labour in the last three decades... More>>

Government: New Members Appointed To Waitangi Tribunal

Minister for Māori Development, Hon Willie Jackson, today announced the appointment of three new members to the Waitangi Tribunal and the reappointment of one existing member to the Waitangi Tribunal... More>>

NZNO: Nurses Reject DHB Offer And Confirm Strike Action

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says its 30,000 members who work in DHBs have voted overwhelmingly to reject a second offer in their current round of multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) negotiations... More>>





InfoPages News Channels