Story: Law of the sea

Sunfish in a drift net (1st of 2)

Sunfish in a drift net

One of the most wasteful fishing practices is drift netting. A vast net with a fine mesh is cast over several kilometres of ocean, catching any marine creatures in its path, including rare species such as this sunfish. New Zealand has taken a lead in international moves to stop drift netting.

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Bill Mansfield, 'Law of the sea - Protecting the oceans', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Bill Mansfield, published 12 Jun 2006