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

 


Mussels Rebuilding Gulf Health

Press Release - for immediate release, Friday 28 February 2014

MUSSELS REBUILDING GULF HEALTH

The Revive Our Gulf project has released the first dramatic pictures of the recovery of mussel beds in the Hauraki Gulf.


Click for big version.

They reveal a vibrant community of fishes and starfish living among the seven tonnes of supermarket destined green-lipped mussels laid as trial plots in December.

The Revive Our Gulf project aims to restore the sub-tidal green-lipped mussel beds that occurred on soft sediments throughout much of the Firth of Thames and Tamaki Strait. They were extensively dredged between 1910 and 1960, and the damaged and denuded areas did not recover, being replaced by barren muds.

The surplus mussels were donated by North Island Mussels Ltd and seven ‘living room’ size trial plots were created in a sheltered bay off eastern Waiheke Island. The group has partnered with the University of Auckland and two students are studying the trial plots regularly for their doctorate work. “Initial results are very encouraging,” said project research director Dr Shane Kelly. “The mussels have matted together and despite some expected predation by snapper and starfish, they are functioning as a reef. Fish like triplefins and spotties, starfish and invertebrates are colonising the beds and making it home, in stark contrast to the surrounding barren seafloor.”

Mussels are powerful filter feeders, a single mussel is capable of passing a bathtub of water a day through its gills. In their original, natural state they covered 500 sq kms and played a significant role in maintaining water quality and providing fish habitat in the Gulf.

Revive Our Gulf Chairman John Laurence said the group planned partnerships with mussel farms to utilise reject mussels for further field trials and initiatives to build awareness about the project’s potential. “Our vision is to prove a technology and then provide it to communities around the Gulf to enhance environmental quality.” Similar methods have been utilised overseas.

The project has received financial support to date from the Outboard Boating Club, the Hauraki Gulf Forum, Auckland Council and a range of private donors.

For more information:
www.reviveourgulf.org.nz

Pictures at:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1500623/ROG/revive_our_gulf_ba.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1500623/ROG/_GOPR1231_shane.JPG
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1500623/ROG/_GOPR1158_before.JPG
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1500623/ROG/mussels%20Feb%2024%202014a.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1500623/ROG/mussels Feb 24 2014b.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1500623/ROG/mussels%20Feb%2024%202014c.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1500623/ROG/mussels%20Feb%2024%202014d.jpg

Video available on request

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news