The Department of Conservation has leapt to the defence of a fisher who accidentally caught a great white shark off the coast of Taranaki at the weekend.
Rob Ansley of Ocean Pearl Fisheries has faced a barrage of criticism for causing the death of the protected species.
But DOC says he's done the right thing by reporting it.
RNZ's Taranaki Whanganui reporter Robin Martin has more.
*Warning: Some of the pictures of the shark in the video are quite graphic.