Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Marine Pests Under Fire During Seaweek

MEDIA RELEASE
0800 002 004 | www.nrc.govt.nz Putting Northland first

Number of pages: 02
Date: 26 February, 2013

Marine Pests Under Fire During Seaweek

Enviroschools Northland is hoping to produce a raft of new crusaders against the region’s marine invaders, in a workshop being run as part of the upcoming annual Seaweek programme.

The marine pest workshop – to be held in the Bay of Islands on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 – is a chance for teachers and interested whanau to learn about what’s invading Northland’s coastal waters and how school communities can help.

Marine pests are a serious threat to Northland’s shellfish and native marine species, but they also provide a unique education opportunity, says Northland Regional Council Enviroschools Co-ordinator Susan Karels.

“With this workshop we want to give people the tools to take back to their own schools and get their students involved in protecting our coastal waters.

“Everyone can play a part in the battle against marine pests – the more eyes out there looking for them, the better.”

Topics covered at the workshop will include identification of different marine pests, where they’re found, small-scale surveillance and inshore searches, setting crab traps, monitoring of hull fouling, what resources are available, and more.

Mrs Karels says that, with the spate of marine pest incursions over recent months and having the longest coastline of any region in the country, marine biosecurity is critically important to Northland.

“Mediterranean fanworm has turned up as an unwanted hitch-hiker on at least six boats that have come into Northland over the last 12 months.

“And the Northern Pacific seastar – a prolific breeder and voracious feeder – could cause considerable damage to our kaimoana if it jumped the ditch to here from Australia.

“These are just two of the many marine pests threatening our region. To keep them out – and prevent the spread of those that are already here – we all need to be involved.”

The workshop will include sessions with local experts Don Mackenzie (Biosecurity Programme Manager for the Northland Regional Council) and Samara Nicholas (Programme Director for Mountains To Sea Conservation Trust – Experiencing Marine Reserves).

Mrs Karels says there are still spaces available for the 05 March workshop at Doves Bay (Kerikeri), but people need to sign-up fast to avoid missing out – those interested in attending should call the council on 0800 002 004.

Marine biosecurity is one of several themes for this year’s national Seaweek, which runs 2-10 March 2013. Seaweek brings together a wide range of sea-related events and activities in each region, and is run by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education: www.nzaee.org.nz


Caption for image ‘Mediterranean fanworm in Whg’
The Mediterranean fanworm is one of many marine pests that teachers and whanau will learn about at the Enviroschools workshop on Tuesday 05 March.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Two Dead, One Injured – Suspect Arrested:

Police apprehended Russell John Tully just after 5pm this evening following the armed incident in Ashburton this morning.

Canterbury dog section and AOS apprehended Tully not far from Lake Hood. No shots were fired although Tully will be treated for minor dog-bite injuries.

Tully is now in custody at Ashburton Police Station. More>>


  • 3 News Out-Link - Livestream: Ashburton shooting press conference from 5pm

  •  

    Parliament Today:

    John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

    Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

    Gordon Campbell:
    On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

    Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

    Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

    It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

    ALSO:

    More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

    The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

    Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

    Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

    ALSO:

    Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

    A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

    So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

    ALSO:

    Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

    A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news