Environmental groups concerned about the amount of fish being dumped back into the sea by the fishing industry have been asking for cameras to be put on boats for years. While new regulations came into place this year requiring boats to land everything they catch, the industry has resisted the move to place cameras on those boats and those in power have continued to delay the requirement. Without cameras to ensure compliance, we are reliant on self-reported data. And as Barry Torkington, a fisheries strategist and ex-director of Leigh Fisheries says, that self-reported data is not particularly accurate.
"All the delays have been red herrings," he says. "There's nothing to invent. There's nothing to test ... It's hard to find a serious fishing nation that hasn't embraced it."
Sue Neureuter grew up visiting the Noises Islands which have been in her family since the 1930s. Having witnessed the decline in marine life and seabirds in the Hauraki Gulf first-hand she recalls her parents' stories. “When Mum first got to the Noises which was the late fifties, Dad used to make her row out and he’d put his rugby jersey on and plop over the side and pick crayfish up and dump them around her feet.”
This personal account is the first of a New Zealand Geographic-produced web-series—made in association with Live Ocean and Pew Charitable Trusts—that examines the former abundance of the Hauraki Gulf through the memories of those who can still remember these Songs of the Sea.
In 1910 moose were released deep in New Zealand’s Fiordland in an attempt to set up a hunting herd. They flourished for a while, some were even shot, but then they died out. Or did they? One man, Ken Tustin, still believes they exist, hidden deep in the heart of Fiordland.
This is the story of his quest to solve one of New Zealand’s most mysterious secrets.
Plants have been used continuously as medicines for 60,000 years and 80% of the world’s population uses plants for health care and natural remedies. Dr Sandra Clair, the founder of Dunedin-based company Artemis, is keeping the knowledge, skills and experience of traditional plant-based medicines alive and believes they are as relevant for health care as they have ever been.
Wild Antarctica takes us on a one year journey through the seasons in Antarctica, witnessing life on ice, from the southern continent’s giant whales and predatory seals through to the eternally cute Adelie penguins and the majestic Emperor penguins.
The creatures of New Zealand’s oldest marine reserve are safe from humans, but that doesn’t mean life is easy. They are under constant attack from marauding dolphins, diving cormorants, and the sharks and the marlin that live beyond the boundaries of the reserve.