CRAY­FISH NUM­BERS

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Cray­fish num­bers have dropped to record lows in the ma­rine re­serves of Leigh and Tawha­ranui. Dr Nick Shears, a Univer­sity of Auck­land ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist at the Leigh Ma­rine Lab­o­ra­tory, says cray­fish num­bers in­side the two re­serves are down a fur­ther 25 per cent from 2014. Shears says the de­cline in the re­serves is due to sus­tained fish­ing pres­sure on their bound­aries and that the off­shore bound­aries should be ex­tended. The Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries will re­view catch lim­its for April 2017.

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