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Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Cockles

Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Cockles
Image by Roger Grace, published on 04/05/2011

The estuary has many millions of cockles and is known for the best cockle resource in the Auckland Region. The beds have recently been closed for 3 years because in summer 2009 80% of the cockles died from infection by two diseases. It is hoped the closure will give the shellfish a chance to recover and to maintain their ecological role in keeping the waters healthy.

Tags: Bioregions/habitats | Eastern North Island | Northeastern | NZ Biodiversity | Marine habitats | Intertidal | Special Places | Whangateau Estuary | Mollusca (snails, sea-slugs, chitons, shellfish, octopus)

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