Southern royal albatross swimming
Image: Tui De Roy ©


The Conservation Services Programme (CSP) monitors the impact of commercial fishing on protected species, studies species populations and looks at ways to limit bycatch.

The draft Conservation Services Programme annual plan 2016/17 has been released for consultation. Read the plan and have your say. Submissions close at 5pm 27 April 2016.

Protected marine species include all marine mammals and reptiles; sea birds (except black backed gulls); seven species of fish; all black corals, gorgonian corals, stony corals and hydrocorals.

Direct commercial fishing impacts include species being caught, killed or injured in nets or on lines (bycatch). Impacts may also be indirect through the modification of habitat or food availability.

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