"We have a duty of care towards our protected species and this is a callous attack on our native taonga."
"Allowing some Māori to customary take in a fishing reserve makes the policy more about race than fishing."
Experts say it's the first time the species has been spotted living without this kind of protection in over a century.
The Rangitāne iwi fought to own the 942-hectare Pūkaha Forest.
About 40 were released in the park in 2017 and 2018 to kickstart a breeding programme.
The population has declined by 91 percent.
Experts warn a lack of information about our oceanic shark populations makes it hard to know how they're doing.
More than 4000 traps have been set up over the past two years - the largest community trap network in New Zealand.
The New Zealander was left fighting for his life after his encounter with a Fer De Lance snake two weeks ago.