Whitetip sharks come under protection in New Zealand waters

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The whitetip shark. [File photo] 

The deliberate catching of oceanic whitetip sharks will become illegal in New Zealand waters from early next year, the government announced Thursday.

Whitetip sharks were to get the same protected status under New Zealand's 1953 Wildlife Act as the great white shark and basking shark from early next year, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson said in a statement.

International research showed the species iwa facing high risk of extinction, she said.

"Shark species like whitetips are now being recognised and protected as an important part of our marine ecosystems," Wilkinson said.

"New Zealand and the international community are taking steps to protect the future of these magnificent animals."


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