Public submissions closed yesterday on King Salmon Ltd’s controversial proposal for six new salmon farms on high-value sites in the Marlborough Sounds. The National Government is once again creating a special, industry-friendly process which favours developers and reduces environmental safeguards and community influence. Local iwi oppose new salmon farms Ngati Apa ki te Rā Tō […]
A New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka has drowned in a squid fishing trawl net just seven weeks after the start of the squid fishing season. This shows the need for much stronger measures to protect endangered sea lions from being killed in fishing nets. The New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka, which was once found around the entire […]
The Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari report (Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan) launched last month makes a strong case for ending bottom trawling, purse seining, and dredging in the Gulf as fishing methods which damage the seabed. The report notes that there was “overwhelming support” for this in public surveys and consultation during the […]
* Yesterday, James Shaw and Eugenie Sage paid a visit to the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University to meet with leading climate scientists. James shares his reflections on their vital work. Something dramatic is taking place in the Antarctic. I’m sitting in a room at the Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University, Wellington, with some […]
Lots of people are saying 2016 has been a bit of a shocker, with political events like Brexit and Trump; US Police shooting black people – and the emergence of Black Lives Matter; the death of legendary musicians like Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen (and let’s not forget Lemmy at the very end of 2015) […]
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has more than halved the number of fisheries observers in the East Coast North Island snapper trawl fishery (SNA1). This reduction in observer days, combined with major failures in an unproven and controversial video monitoring system, means commercial trawlers in one of our most important fisheries are not being […]
On Friday, the Minister for Food Safety, along with her Australian colleagues finally looked at the issue of mandatory palm oil labelling.
Last week Gareth and I went rafting down a rapid past local rangatahi swimming in this pristine fresh water of the upper Tarawera River.
New Zealanders who care about Maui dolphin should prepare to feel embarrassed: the Government is about to be put to shame on the international stage for its lack of action to protect Maui’s dolphin.
Sooty shearwater are amazing and deserve your vote in Forest and Bird’s Bird of the Year competition. They make one of the longest known bird migrations, flying an annual round trip of 64,000 kms across the entire Pacific Ocean, from NZ to feeding grounds off the coasts of Japan, Alaska and California, and back.