Re: Albatross deaths in the Kermadec fishery

To: "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Re: Albatross deaths in the Kermadec fishery
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 14:34:53 +1100
Following Ian May's email someone who is not a subscriber sent the URL of the 
New Zealand report.  It is at:

An NZ government observer on board reported 51 albatrosses, 7 petrels, and 2 
leatherback turtles being caught on the one trip.  Some were released alive.

As a result the Minister is proposing a 3 month ban on all surface long-lining 
in the fishery, along with a requirement throughout NZ waters for ton lines and 
night setting in relation to surface long lines. This provides time to decide 
on longer-term measures.

There is a 2001 international agreement for tuna fishing, led by Australia, 
which requires similar measures south of latitude 30.  However this case 
involved fishing for swordfish (surface lines are also used for tuna) and the 
Kermadec Islands lie both north and south of that latitude.

There was a meeting last month in relation to the international agreement on 
the conservation of albatrosses and petrels but I do not know the outcome.

So - please press our government to respond to your concerns about this case.   
And when buying fish, ask where it came from.

Michael  Norris                                                                 

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