Deepwater Group welcomes New Zealand Sea Lion Threat Management Plan
The Deepwater Group, which represents New Zealand’s deepwater fishing sector, welcomes the New Zealand Sea Lion Threat
Management Plan released today by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
This new Plan is based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the threats to New Zealand sea lions, which concludes that
no single factor is solely responsible for their decline. The Plan adopts a broad approach to mitigate the key threats
and to promote the recovery of these sea lion populations.
The seafood industry has worked assiduously with MPI, DOC, scientists and others, to understand the issues and risks to
New Zealand sea lion populations and to identify and implement effective solutions to ensure they thrive.
“We are pleased this Plan adopts a broad approach to mitigating the key threats to this unique animal, including ways to
reduce the effects of disease and nutrition that can cause the deaths of hundreds of sea lion pups annually at the
Auckland Islands,” said George Clement, CEO of the Deepwater Group.
“We know that fishing is a risk factor for this rare animal, certainly not the only one, but it is the one that we can
personally do most about and so that is where we are focused. We have now reduced the numbers of interactions with
fishing vessels to where these are no longer considered to be the main concern and we remain committed to reducing these
Deepwater quota owners will continue to support the effective conservation of this important, rare and endemic species.