New Zealand Bans Killing of Great White Sharks
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, December 1, 2006 (ENS) - Great white sharks will be
fully protected within the 200 nautical miles of water around New Zealand,
and from fishing by New Zealand flagged boats further afield, the ministers
of conservation and fisheries announced today. Violaters will be hit with a
large fine and up to six months in prison.
The species, also known as the white pointer shark, will be protected under
the Wildlife Act. Starting next April, it will be illegal to hunt, kill or
harm a great white shark within New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone, 200
nautical miles from shore. It will also be illegal in New Zealand to possess
or trade in any part of a great white shark.
"These majestic animals occur naturally in low numbers and, without
protection, could be pushed to the brink of extinction," said Conservation
Minister Chris Carter.
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