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Information about the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) marine education programme
In New Zealand, when we talk of no-take zones in the sea we really mean
marine reserves, set up under the Marine Reserves Act 1971. Although there
are a few other ways of achieving full protection, the Marine Reserves Act is
the specific piece of legislation designed for this purpose. It does have some
short-comings, however, and to correct some of these a new Marine Reserves
Bill has been prepared, but has been languishing in the storage cupboards of
Parliament with no action for more than ten years.
No question about it. A highlight of any tiki-tour of New Zealand is when you get to rub limbs with one of our giant kauri, protected
forever in its natural state within a forest remnant. Even we locals – who tend to take for granted this legacy – have our awe rekindled
whenever we get to re-acquaint ourselves with one of these great spirits that link us with some remote past.
Certain individuals had the foresight – at a time that most bush was being bowled or burnt – to reserve areas, millions of years in the
making, in their natural state. Kiwis and others would always be able to see what the forested landscape once looked like. To mill any
today would be the last thing on your mind.
Strange, isn’t it? We’re keen to hold on to representative examples of original native land cover – yet are so reluctant to do anything
similar for the sea. There are no places fully protected from fishing north of the Poor Knights Islands, right around the top and down
to Taranaki. There is not a single possie easily accessed where you take your mokos to see a fully intact, functioning marine ecosystem.
Decades of overfishing of certain key species (especially snapper and crayfish) have put the kybosh on close to two-thirds of the kelp
forests of the Bay of Islands. Instead of teeming life associated with great seaweed forests, we find instead ghostly pale rock surfaces.
First discovery of a New Zealand polychaete-echinoderm association. Previously unknown.
A key message poster for wide distribution
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.
Mediterranean fanworm factsheet
Programme for the wananga to be held at Poihakena Marae, Raglan, Waikato, Sunday 15th – Tuesday 17th January 2012
Theme: ACTION for marine and freshwater conservation.
Purpose: An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation.
• Provide a forum for marine and freshwater educators to network about education for sustainability initiatives & projects. (School and/or community based).
• To provide professional development.
• To provide a forum to discuss ideas on how we can foster and take more action for marine and freshwater conservation.
• Ensure strong delivery of Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Whitebait Connection (WBC) concepts around New Zealand.
Join Experiencing Marine Reserves programme coordinator and participants on a discovery of the marine environment. See what the students ACTION is as Kaitiaki of the marine environment in EMR’s first cartoon strip.
To celebrate the launch of our first cartoon we are also offering an EMR Seaweek Coloring In Competition.
Entries should be from pre-schoolers to year 8 students (13 years old). Winner will receive a kids ‘Wettie’ mask and snorkel set and displayed on EMR’s website. Entries should be submitted with name, address, phone and/or email and date of birth.
The 2010 national wananga was held in October, hosted by Whakapaumahara Marae, Whananaki.
The theme was collaboration for conservation of our marine and freshwater environments in schools and communities. Over 50 people attended the wananga from Invercargill to Kaitaia.
The conference is organized by Samara Nicholas and the Trustees of the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust .
“The event was an inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation”. Says organizer Samara Nicholas
The conference provided professional development, a forum to explore means we can collaborate in marine and freshwater conservation and a forum for marine and freshwater educators to network about education for sustainability initiatives & projects (School and/or community based). One of the main presentations was from Hone Taumaunu, Ngati Konohi kaumatua, who talked on the success of their moana suit, which is a marine conservation project that includes a marine reserve (the nursery for kaimoana) alongside a mataitai reserve (managed by locals for local benefit).
An exciting edition to the programme was the launch of the new film Water Whisperers Tangaroa, a film that celebrates ten communities facing serious water issues, who come up with amazingly simple solutions.
Another purpose of the wananga was to enhance national delivery of the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme (http://www.emr.org.nz) Baxter Mosely of Whananaki Primary School was invited to make a speech.
The wananga was supported by the Department of Conservation and Tindall Foundation and ended with a snorkel trip to the famous Poor Knights Islands with Dive Tutukaka on board Perfect Day.
‘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!
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