New Zealand’s fishers are catching new fish and trawling for elsais.
The New Zealand Government has announced it will allow fishermen to catch elsies in waters near the North Island, but there are no plans to move them to New Zealand.
New Zealand fisher Jim Wainwright said it would be “a shame” if they didn’t get a chance to fish the rare species.
“We are in the heart of the Pacific where they are breeding,” he said.
“They can breed in the water, so it is not really the first place that they should be able to do it.”
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Primary Industries said the government was not looking to make any changes to the law.
“There are a number of measures that have been put in place to manage and manage elsas and the ministry is focused on supporting the fishers who operate on these waters,” she said.