Commercial fisheries seabird by-catch 2018-19

I sent in another Official Information Act request for images of the reported seabirds caught by commercial fishing in the wider Hauraki Gulf region. It was nice to see that three out of sixteen did not die (in this instance they are usually not photographed). Here are some photos of the dead birds. They are rather miserable to look at, but its great Fisheries New Zealand has shared high resolution images.

I checked to see if any of the records were reported by fishing boats without observers – the answer was no. This means there are a lot more endangered birds dying that no one knows about.