Urgent interim measures need to be taken to protect the
endangered New Zealand sea lion population given the serious
rate of decline in pup numbers in the Auckland Islands,
scientists and conservationists say.
People should continue to take care when walking their dogs
near Otago waterways as potentially toxic algae could be
present on banks as well as in the water after recent high
rainfall, the Otago Regional Council says.
A response to a request for more information on the changes
made to Otago's conservation management strategy has been
labelled as ''absolutely unacceptable'' by Otago Conservation
Board member Susan Stevens.