White pointer (great white) sharks

Date: 1/6/2007

White pointer sharks are fully protected within 200 nautical miles of New Zealand waters and from fishing by New Zealand-flagged boats further afield. These animals occur naturally in low numbers and, without protection, could be pushed to the brink of extinction. The Wildlife Act provides a strong deterrent against targeting great whites with a $250,000 fine and up to six months imprisonment as a maximum penalty.

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