Pied shags are a protected species in New Zealand, Times reports. But within the Tamaki Estuary, fishing has had a devastating impact on the pied shag population. Auckland councillor Josephine Bartley has been working closely with East Auckland resident Corina Hooper who has been feeding and looking after the pied shags at the Panmure Basin. Bartley advocated for a full fishing ban for the basin at the Auckland Council environment and climate change meeting on July 7. She said limited food sources and fishhooks being caught in shags’ necks was leading to a decline in their numbers.