This guide takes a closer look at New Zealand's protected sharks, rays, groupers, turtles, sea snakes and kraits. Species featured in the guide are at risk of being caught in fisheries here and abroad.
This easy to read guide includes identification photos, information on feeding, range, breeding, ecology and threats to New Zealand's protected sharks, rays, groupers, turtles, sea snakes and kraits.
This guide describes New Zealand's protected sharks, rays, groupers, turtles, sea snakes and kraits. All these animals occur both inside and outside our waters. Therefore, the guide includes species conservation status assessed both in New Zealand, and globally by the IUCN.
Fishers may encounter these species during their time at sea. Therefore, Ministry for Primary Industries (now Fisheries New Zealand) reporting codes are included, for use when incidental captures occur during commercial fishing.
The animals that feature in this guide are legally protected in New Zealand under the Wildlife Act 1953. Some are also protected outside New Zealand waters. Most are of particular interest to Regional Fisheries Management Organisations and multilateral agreements on conservation or biodiversity.
As a companion to the two seabird guides, this guide continues the "Fisher's guide to" series. Its goal is to help people identify and appreciate some of our lesser known protected marine species. We recognise that fishers are more likely to see these animals than almost all other New Zealanders.
Compiled by J.P. Pierre