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New Zealand: Changes to sea lion protections in Auckland Islands

Fishing rule changes to reduce threats to sea lions in the subantarctic Auckland Islands squid fishery have been decided. 

New Zealand sea lions are a national taonga. They were hunted to near extinction in the 1800s, but have been recovering since hunting was prohibited. Their threat classification has recently been upgraded from Nationally Critical to Nationally Vulnerable to reflect signs of population recovery, says Fisheries New Zealand director of fisheries management, Stuart Anderson.

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