20 Nov 2009

Bronze whaler sharks a 'plague' near White Island

9:32 pm on 20 November 2009

One of New Zealand's best areas for catching kingfish has fallen victim to a plague of bronze whaler sharks, a fishing charter boat owner says.

Rick Pollock says the waters around Volkner Rocks near White Island in the eastern Bay of Plenty have become a no go area for catching kingfish.

He also says spear fishermen are staying away because of the aggressive sharks.

Bronze whalers grow to nearly 3m.