Map showing Leatherback Turtle bycatch in NZ waters

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Michael Szabo
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Map showing Leatherback Turtle bycatch in NZ waters

Postby Michael Szabo » Sat Aug 06, 2022 12:50 pm

There has been a "substantial increase" in bycatch of critically endangered Leatherback Turtles by commercial longline fishing vessels in NZ waters.

A new NIWA report commissioned by DOC found that from 2020 to 2021, 58 marine turtles were caught. Ninety percent, or 52, were Leatherbacks. The remaining captures were Green Turtles, which are endangered.

Most were caught in Fisheries Management Area (FMA) 1, New Zealand's biggest fishery off the eastern coast of Northland, Auckland, and the Bay of Plenty.

Leatherback Turtle bycatch in Aotearoa exceeds the catch limit set in Hawaii by more than three times. If any more than 16 Leatherback Turtles are caught in Hawaiian waters in a year, the entire longline fishery there is shut down. In New Zealand, no such rule exists.

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