February/March, 2014 Issue #140
by Iain Anderson
First, a comment from the Ministry of Primary Industries’ website, Marine Biosecurity Porthole where it notes that ‘expanding global shipping networks allows a greater number of marine pests the opportunity to reach New Zealand where they can thrive and displace indigenous New Zealand species, alter coastal habitats, affect human health and damage our fishing, aquaculture and other maritime industries.’ While it is not certain that this Barred Knifejaw would definitely be a pest in our waters, an MPI Fisheries Scientist, Neville Smith told us. Where this fish came from, its presence and speculation on how it got here is revealed in this intriguing report.
(Bay of Islands 21-26 January)
Also in this issue:
Mahurangi Harbour’s Sponges A local New Zealand dive to enjoy after work or at weekends with the family.
this month's editorial - by dave moranWhales
Love them or hate them you have to give credit to Sea Shepherd (SS) for not giving up the struggle to remove the Japanese whalers from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary which was established in 1994.The Japanese continue to disregard the 1986 global moratorium on commercial whaling.
Bob Brown, chair of SS, commented that New Zealand and Australian governments’ lack of action was ‘Like going easy on arsonists with flame throwers’ to prevent bushfires when it come to discouraging the Japanese whale slaughter and the ongoing confrontations between SS and the whalers.
Post election promises by the Abbott government to send a surveillance plane and customs vessel seem to have evaporated, but good rhetoric for grabbing a few extra votes!
There are conflicting views on who rammed who in the recent clash between SS and the whalers. It depends on which video you view, the Japanese version or SSs’ READ MORE & HAVE YOUR SAY
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