Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


UC researcher is having to mix Bovril with Vegemite

UC researcher is having to mix Bovril with Vegemite to bait whitebait for research
 
October 14, 2012
 
A University of Canterbury (UC) researcher is having to mix Bovril with Vegemite to bait whitebait until Marmite returns to the supermarket shelves next year.
 
UC masters student Jessica Hill has gone through more than 200 500gm jars of Marmite in her research project to find out why New Zealand whitebait numbers are declining. Whitebait love Marmite, she said.
 
``Bovril is not as good as Marmite but I’m mixing it with Vegemite to stretch out my bait until Marmite is back in production next year,’’ UC researcher Jessica Hill said today.
 
``Marmite production has halted because of the Christchurch earthquakes and I quickly ran out of bait in the middle of this large experiment.
 
``We were able to buy a small box of marmite from the Fresh Choice supermarket in Merivale and I’ve had so much support from my supervisors, friends, the UC Marine Ecology Research Group and everyone who donated jars of Marmite. Without this help the work would have been almost impossible,’’ Hill said.
 
Whitebait catches may have been declining since the 1930s which is of importance to whitebait lovers and the general public. One of the key reasons for the decline in whitebait numbers is the damaged caused by livestock and the public walking around unintentionally damaging the spawning habitat in estuaries.
 
Hill said she wanted to know whether whitebait in damaged spawning areas were moving to connected rivers via tributaries or estuaries with better spawning habitat.

She researched 10 rivers in Christchurch and Westport and tagged whitebait to carry out her research. She studied the known spawning sites and captured mass spawning number of whitebait and tagged them to study their movements.
 
``We found that whitebait easily move between tributaries and estuaries to better spawning grounds. We’re now doing more research to see how many whitebait are moving this coming summer and we are seeking to preserve at least one small spawning site in a catchment.

``We want to restore the damaged spawning areas so we can increase egg survival and hopefully increase next year’s whitebait catch. To do that, we need to fence off livestock. It’s just a very small area so it is feasible to achieve. We also need to plant in the riparian zone where the whitebait spawns.

``I’m currently running a spawning experiment in the lab to see if the whitebait would rather spawn on native or exotic vegetation. Once we know this we will plant adequate vegetation in all the damaged spawning areas. If we don’t do anything to protect these areas whitebait catches will continue to decrease.’’
 
Hill will present her research findings to date at the UC’s annual biology conference for students on campus on Wednesday, October 17.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Super Rugby: Parade To Celebrate Highlanders’ Win

The Dunedin City Council is urging people to come along on Monday to congratulate the team on its win in Wellington tonight. The Highlanders will leave from outside the Dental School at midday. More>>

ALSO:

Album Review: Donnie Trumpet And The Social Experiments: Surf

Chance the Rapper is one of my favourite rappers of the last couple years. He bought a uniquely fucked up, acid sound with his debut Acid Rap which has demonstrably influenced others including ILoveMakonnen and A$AP Rocky. It’s remarkable that, at such a ... More>>

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news