Marine Biodiversity NZ
It is estimated that something like 90% of New Zealand's biodiversity lives in the sea. In contrast to on land we are still in the pioneer and discovery phase of marine biology and ecology. Virtually everyday a new species is discovered form our marine environment. We bring you here a selected series of papers which examine this incredible diversity of the sea around us.
This document summarises the most up to date research and knowledge on the New Zealand Mangrove as of 2007, mangrove’s role in the ecosystem and outlines gaps in the knowledge as much of our knowledge about mangroves and their importance comes from overseas research. For full details of the Auckland Regional Council’s NIWA technical report see
Added to archive on 04/29/2011 and placed in the following categories:
Climate Change | Marine Biodiversity NZ | Mangroves | Habitat Studies NZ |
In this fascinating Forest & Bird article from 2001 Dr. Ingrid Visser - NZ and international pioneer in Orca research - tells of the many mysteries remaining about Orca populations after 9 years of research.
Added to archive on 02/03/2011 and placed in the following categories:
Marine Biodiversity NZ | Marine Mammals | Orca | Marine Biodiversity International |
The Te Korowai o Te Tai O Marokura - Kaikoura Coastal Marine Guardians have released their latest newsletter and are working on a marine strategy. They are also still keen to hear from people.
This is an abstract from their newsletter:
We are very close to presenting a variety of protection tools (and measures) via our strategy and will be seeking feedback from all interested parties including the Rūnanga, Kaikoura community and user groups, both local and further afield.
Throughout this process, we must remind ourselves constantly of our purpose and our vision and this was summed up superbly recently, by one of our members (Tony Brett).
“Remember the gifts come before the gains and the gains may not always be immediately apparent!”
This timely reminder puts into perspective what Te Korowai sets out to achieve and that in order to protect our resources for future generations, we must look to what is best for everyone, put aside individual partiality (the gift), so that all will benefit in the future (the gain).
Added to archive on 01/25/2011 and placed in the following categories:
NZ Marine Conservation Community Group | Fisheries Management NZ | Marine Biodiversity NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | MPA Case Studies | MPA Network and Marine Reserve Design | MPA Process and Policy | MPA Proposals and Applications | Traditional Management NZ |
‘Water Whisperers – Tangaroa’ - the inspiring new film from Kathleen Gallagher
Following ‘Earth Whisperers’, arguably the most loved and successful New Zealand environmental film ever made, ‘Water Whisperers – Tangaroa’ is a natural companion to its predecessor.
“This is the film I knew I had to make after ‘Earth Whisperers,’” says award-winning filmmaker Kathleen Gallagher.
Filmed at stunning locations from north to south, we follow 10 communities engaged with healing precious waterways for future generations. We share the passion of the people behind the recovery and conservation. We travel up the Rakaia with Al and Tia Wilkie and the Ngai Tahu Ngati Mamoe Fisherfolk and the Winnemen Wintu from Northern California.
We visit The Glen marine reserve and go with stunning underwater footage to Goat Island with Bill Ballantine and the Poor Knights with Wade Doak in the far north. We are transported into the world of Golden Bay dairy farmers and shell fishermen. Together they restore the Aorere River in Golden Bay.
Gallagher says: “This film is about the reconnection of ourselves with our lakes, rivers and oceans. We have guides already in our midst - fishermen, conservationists, farmers, scientists, local iwi and divers who are intimate with lakes river and sea life, knowledgeable about sustainable fishing practices and how to restore damaged waters.”
This film is entertaining and beautiful and a living proof of people’s passion to protect and safeguard our rivers, lakes, coastlines and oceans. You will be inspired!
Added to archive on 11/24/2010 and placed in the following categories:
NZ Marine Conservation Community Group | Education High School | Experiencing Marine Reserves | Marine Biodiversity NZ | Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust | MPA's and Networks NZ |
Lobster populations in part protected v no-take
Added to archive on 11/04/2010 and placed in the following categories:
Marine Biodiversity NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | MPA Case Studies | MPA Network and Marine Reserve Design | MPA Process and Policy | MPA Proposals and Applications | Marine Reserve Research and Monitoring NZ |
Forest & Birds - Best Fish Guide
Added to archive on 11/01/2010 and placed in the following categories:
NZ Marine Conservation Community Group | Experiencing Marine Reserves | Marine Biodiversity NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | Marine Reserve Research and Monitoring NZ |
The Experiencing Marine Reserves marinelife ID chart - great for schools!
Added to archive on 10/01/2010 and placed in the following categories:
NZ Marine Conservation Community Group | Education High School | Education Primary Schools | Science | Experiencing Marine Reserves | Marine Biodiversity NZ | Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust | Field Work and Classroom Activities |
The marine technical team at Northland Conservancy has completed a marine habitat map and habitat map report for the Northland section of the Northeast Marine Bioregion. The maps cover an area of 1.34 million hectares extending out 12 nautical miles from the coast between Ahipara in the west to Mangawhai on the east coast.
Habitats were classified according to the Marine Protected Areas Classification, Protection Standard and Implementation Guidelines, with modifications required by insufficient data quality in some areas of the region. Data were collated from a range of recent and historic sources. These data include multibeam and sidescan sonar data from the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research and Land Information New Zealand. A ‘rapid sonar survey’ technique was developed to fill data gaps for areas not covered by past or recent survey effort. These sources and methods are described to assist in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the current habitat maps and to help implement improvements in this and future work
Rocky reefs make up 14.3% of the mapped area, indicating the presence of a significant array of these habitats. Estuarine areas make up 3.3% of the mapping area and include internationally significant tidal flats, Zostera capricorni seagrass beds and the Avicennia marina mangrove areas of Parengarenga and Rangaunu Harbours.
The use of the habitat maps to identify potential locations for a network of marine protected areas in Northland is discussed and recommendations are made to incorporate this information within decision support tools to assist in planning, education and community engagement. The habitat maps, underlying data and techniques developed also provide a valuable resource for other research and management projects in Northland and elsewhere.
Added to archive on 06/30/2010 and placed in the following categories:
Marine Biodiversity NZ | Habitat Studies NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | MPA Case Studies | MPA Network and Marine Reserve Design | MPA Process and Policy | MPA Proposals and Applications |
This study used baited video to measure full no take protection compared to partial protection. After 10 years of full protection at the Poor Knights snapper counts were 14 times greater than before. Snapper abundance within the partially protected marine park was not significantly different to comparison sites on the open coast.
Added to archive on 06/06/2010 and placed in the following categories:
Fisheries Management NZ | Marine Biodiversity NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | MPA Case Studies | MPA Network and Marine Reserve Design | Marine Reserve Research and Monitoring NZ |
The story of the crayfish - Crayfish (Jasus edwardsii) are an important component of temperate reef ecosystems. They have shown a dramatic increase in numbers inside the marine reserve at Leigh, where crayfish numbers are about 4 times higher than in adjacent fished areas. In other reserves the protected population is even higher. Crayfish inside the Leigh reserve are about 10% larger than elsewhere.
Added to archive on 06/05/2010 and placed in the following categories:
Education High School | Biology | Fisheries Management NZ | Marine Biodiversity NZ | Habitat Studies NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | MPA Case Studies | MPA Network and Marine Reserve Design | Marine Reserve Research and Monitoring NZ |