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

 

Slaughter of albatrosses

2 December 2005

New research confirms the scale of slaughter of albatrosses

Shy Albatross breeds at the Auckland and Antipodes Islands in the New Zealand Subantarctic Tony Palliser/BirdLife International.

**********

New South African research confirms the appalling death toll of albatrosses at the hands of the lucrative longline fishing industry operating in the country's waters, including Shy Albatrosses that breed in New Zealand.

In excess of 100 longlining vessels currently operate in South African waters, fishing for tuna, hake, shark and swordfish. While fishing, the vessels set lines up to 100km long, each with tens of thousands of baited hooks, attracting seabirds, including albatrosses.

Samantha Petersen, BirdLife South Africa/WWF Responsible Fisheries Programme Manager, said: "Our research shows that for every fishing day, Korean-flagged tuna longline vessels fishing in South African waters kill around ten albatrosses, sometimes more. A third of these albatrosses are Shy Albatross that breed in New Zealand.

"South Africa has signed international agreements protecting albatrosses, the fisheries are bound by conditions on their fishing licences to ensure the protection of albatrosses and yet every time a longline vessel sets its hooks it spells doom for even more birds.

"Nineteen of the world's 21 species of albatross are already threatened with extinction - largely as a result of longline fishing - and every year 100,000 albatrosses die on the end of longline hooks. It is unthinkable to stand by and let these birds slip into oblivion when we have the means to save them; all that seems to be lacking is the will."

These findings coincide with the arrival in Cape Town of competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race, which will take crews through some of the world's richest albatross waters off the South African coast.

Speaking from on board the Brasil 1 entry in the Volvo Ocean Race navigator Adrienne Cahalan said: "I've just heard the shocking news about new South African research showing the appalling slaughter of albatrosses at the hands of the longline fishing industry.

"This is my fifth time sailing through the South Atlantic and the Southern Ocean and I have seen fewer albatrosses than at any other time since 1993.

"It is time for all nations to join the fight to save these precious birds and manage the ocean's resources in a way that sustains people and wildlife."

In 2000, BirdLife International launched the Save the Albatross campaign to ensure the survival of albatrosses threatened with global extinction because of longline fishing. Forest and Bird is the New Zealand Partner of BirdLife International and runs the Save the Albatross campaign in New Zealand.

Volvo Ocean Race officially adopted the Save the Albatross campaign in October, which has already attracted the support of a range of high-profile individuals, including HRH Prince Charles, Sir David Attenborough, Dame Ellen MacArthur, and Simon Cowell.

The Save the Albatross campaign is supported by the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006. Visit www.savethealbatross.net for more information. Volvo Ocean Race competitors are scheduled to be in Wellington in February 2006.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Clark Exit, Convention Centres, And The Killing Of Hachalu Hundessa


Goodbye, David Clark. In the end, the outgoing Health Minister decided that in the midst of a pandemic the best thing he could do for New Zealand would be to no longer be there – given that being there had involved hiving off on his mountain bike during a lockdown, and throwing the country’s most beloved Health bureaucrat under a bus. As Clark indicated so memorably at last week’s press conference, when it comes to managing public health risks at the border the buck stops with…that guy over there! In the aftermath of that debacle, Clark reached the same conclusion the nation had reached some time ago, that leadership just wasn’t his thing. Once again, he got on his bike.... More>>
 

Government: David Clark Resigns As Health Minister

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accepted David Clark’s resignation as Health Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Election 2020: Green Party Unveils Income Policy

The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity. The scheme resets income support payments to ensure everyone not in full-time paid work gets at least ... More>>

ALSO:


Conservation: New Protection For Dolphins

Extensive new protections are being put in place as part of an updated plan to look after New Zealand’s native Hector’s and Māui dolphins, announced Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: Water Consent Referred To Board Of Inquiry

Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses... More>>

ALSO:

Gun Law: A New Firearms System Focused On Safety

Tougher gun laws will begin to take effect from next week following the passage of new firearms legislation through Parliament today. The Minister of Police says the Third Reading of the Arms Legislation Bill is an historic milestone for community ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Building A Stronger Health And Disability System

The Government is committing to a long-term programme of reform to build a stronger New Zealand Health and Disability System that delivers for all. More>>

ALSO:

National: Todd Muller Announces Caucus Reshuffle

Today I am confirming a minor shadow cabinet reshuffle due to the retirement of Paula Bennett. Dr Shane Reti will be ranked number 13 and will take on Associate Drug Reform. Shane has demonstrated a huge intellect and capacity for work, supporting ... More>>

Biosecurity: Winston Peters On EU Travel: 'We're Not Going To Compromise Our Country's Health'

Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealanders who head to Europe on holiday should pay for their two weeks' hotel quarantine when they return. More>>

Economy: Infrastructure Investment To Create Jobs, Kick-Start COVID Rebuild

A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister ... More>>

ALSO:

Covid-19: Isolation System To Be Beefed Up After Stress

A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify ... More>>

ALSO:

Election 2020: Parties Get Into Gear

ACT has today announced its list for the 2020 General Election. “The calibre and experience of our candidates will impress voters of every persuasion. We have candidates from all walks of life. People who have built their homes, families and businesses ... More>>

ALSO:


Int'l Trade: New Zealand To Host Virtual APEC In 2021

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels