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The Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) is a non-profit action based marine education programme, offering quality experiential learning opportunities to schools and communities.  We have recently partnered with the Northland Regional Council (NRC) to build awareness about marine pests, in particular the Mediterranean Fanworm.

Mediterranean fanworm (Sabella spallanzanii) is a marine bristle worm with a single spiral fan (radiole) with a greatly reduced semicircular fan. Fanworm can rapidly forms large dense colonies on submerged hard surfaces. The filter feeding fanworm is native to the Mediterranean and a highly invasive marine pest here in New Zealand.

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Lucky students rewarded with green sea turtle experience!

Twenty nine students from fifteen schools geographically ranging from Kaitaia to Taranaki came together last Wednesday (22nd May) to experience the magical Poor Knights Islands marine reserve. The students and their guardians boarded a sole charter on ‘Perfect Day’ for the 12th annual “Dive! Tutukaka – Experiencing Marine Reserves” competition trip. 

Massive thanks to Dive! Tutukaka for sponsoring this magical and unforgettable day for a selection of EMR students & their parents for the 12th year, when we started with just 3 students and their parents in 2002.

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Fun summer snorkelling events

Fun summer snorkelling events

Looking for some fun and conservation focused events this summer?
We have the Community Guided Snorkel Days at Reotahi, part of the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve this Saturday the 19th January from 10am - 3pm and a snorkel day at Whangateau near Auckland during aniversary weekend on Sunday the 27th Jan from 8am - 10am

The Whangateau Harbour Care Group with Experiencing Marine Reserves programme presents:

Free Community Guided Snorkel Day - Whangateau Harbour
Where: Whangateau Domain, Whangateau, Rodney.
When: Sunday the 27th January
Time: 8am – 10am
What: Guided snorkels at the Whangateau Harbour (followed by Fun Day Fair)
Weather permitting – cancellations – http://www.emr.org.nz

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Marine pest threatens our precious harbour and the regions marine reserves!

Marine pest threatens our precious harbour and the regions marine reserves!

The Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme is partnering with the Northland Regional Council to build awareness about marine pests, in particular the Mediterranean Fanworm this summer
Mediterranean fanworm (Sabella spallanzanii) is a marine bristle worm which rapidly forms large dense colonies or groups on submerged hard surfaces. The filter feeding fanworm is native to the Mediterranean and an invasive marine pest here in New Zealand.
“EMR is very concerned about the establishment threat of Mediterranean fanworm in the Whangarei Harbour, it has been found at Port Nikau and Marsden Cove Marina, vessels moored in these areas should clean their hulls before travelling elsewhere, this invasive species can form dense groups and compete with native species for food and space, imagine if it found its way to the Whangarei Harbour or Poor Knights Marine reserves” says EMR’s Samara Nicholas

Mediterranean fanworm is already well established in Waitamata & Lyttleton Harbours, so our awareness campaign will also stretch to the Auckland to encourage moored boat operators to check, clean & antifoul their hulls before travelling north. According to the Northland Regional Council Regional Pest Management Strategy, it is illegal to knowingly transport exclusion marine pests

“We are appealing to boaties to ensure they have cleaned and antifouled hulls this summer to help prevent the spread of marine pests, we also call on the public to report Mediterranean fanworm if found outside its known locations”

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