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Underwater Surveying of Kina Barrens at Mimiwhangata

Underwater Surveying of Kina Barrens at Mimiwhangata
Image by Roger Grace, published on 30/07/2007

Mimiwhangata Marine Park - Cockers Rock Gut. Kina barrens are areas of very low diversity. The Kina have overpopulated the area and eaten all of the Kelp. Kelp is like the rainforest of the sea and provides habitat and food for a huge chain of marine life. Kina often overpopulate areas when their main predators, the Snapper and Crayfish are overfished.

Tags: Bioregions/habitats | Eastern North Island | Magical Marine Reserves & Marine Parks | Mimiwhangata Marine Park | NZ Biodiversity | Invertebrates | Echinoderms (Starfish and Sea Urchins) | Sea urchins (Kina) | Marine habitats | Shallow Rocky Reefs | Science at Work

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