New Zealand's Environment Reporting Series: The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand
New Zealand waters have at least 117 species of chondrichthyans (sharks, rays, and other cartilaginous fish species). They are particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they are long-lived, mature slowly, and have a low reproductive rate. Chondrichthyans are important for healthy ocean ecosystems, and reporting their commercial catch and bycatch helps us understand the sustainability of our fisheries.
Ministry for Primary Industries
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2003–15; Territorial Sea and Exclusive Economic Zone