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Credit: Bernard Spragg. NZ from Christchurch, New Zealand

Trawling ban could help stop endangered sea lion deaths at Auckland Islands

With fewer than 12,000 individuals, New Zealand sea lions – rāpoka – are one of the rarest in the world. The inhospitable Auckland Islands, 500km south of Bluff, is their main breeding location. But pup production there has declined by approximately 55 percent in the last two decades. 

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