Friday, 20 October 2017

Bycatch responsible for decline of endangered New Zealand sea lion


Date:  October 11, 2017
Source:  University of Otago

Getting caught in fishing nets is a major cause of death for the increasingly endangered New Zealand sea lion, according to new research from the New Zealand's University of Otago and Massey University and the University of Toronto.

Scientists from the three universities have analyzed government data of the New Zealand sea lion population and fisheries bycatch to investigate the role commercial fishing has played in the near 50 per cent decline of the species.


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