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Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust – press release April 8th 2015


Date Posted: 08 Apr 2015 | 0 Comments

The Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust are hosting their annual National Marine and Freshwater Education Wānanga Conference this Saturday 11th – Monday 13th April at Whakapaumahara Marae, Whananaki, and Northland.
“The theme this year is ‘HOW To’ for marine and freshwater conservation action and/or education. The purpose of the event is to provide an inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation” said event co-organiser Samara Nicholas.

This year we extend an invite to the community to attend the afternoon/evening keynote presentations at Whakapaumahara marae, Whananaki North Rd, for gold coin koha; including Fred Litchwark, Dan Godoy and Nick Shears (registration for other parts of the conference is essential).

From 2pm to 3pm (Saturday the 11th April) we will hear from Dan Godoy (Massey University) “How to learn from marine turtle research and conservation”
Dan’s research focuses on the ecology and conservation management of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in New Zealand. As part of his research, Dan collect’s sea turtle sightings and stranding data, where he works closely with the Department of Conservation. Over the last few years he has also satellite tracked several rehabilitated green turtles in northern New Zealand. Ultimately, by gaining an understanding of their ecology, it is intended better management protocols can be developed for their conservation in New Zealand.

Then from 5pm to 6pm Dr Nick Shears (Senior Marine science lecturer, Auckland University) will share “How to” for protecting coastal ecosystem function and resilience?
Nick carried out his PhD at the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Laboratory, where he utilised the long-established Leigh Marine Reserve to experimentally investigate the ecological effects of fishing on kelp forest ecosystems. Nick then carried out a three year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California Santa Barbara where he studied the effects of the Channel Islands Marine Reserve Network on kelp forest ecosystems. Since 2010, Nick has been back at the University of Auckland, and with a team of postgraduate students has been investigating how human-induced stressors such as fishing, sedimentation and climate change affect our coastal ecosystems.

The final keynote address is from 6pm – 7pm by Fred Lichtwark “How to get your catchments waterways fenced and planted”

Fred Lichtwark has been Manager of the community group Whaingaroa Harbour Care since 1995. Under Fred’s guidance the community has been responsible for growing and planting more than 1 million native trees throughout the Whaingaroa catchment. This work has attracted attention from both the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, each of which has used Whaingaroa Harbour Care within their research. Fred is keen to share knowledge with others and regularly delivers free presentations to community groups, council staff, farmer groups and schools

For more information please contact
Samara Nicholas - Programme Director of the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust
Home office: 09 433 8205 Mobile: 0210362019 Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

To find out more about the programme follow this link

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