Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Unique Deepsea Habitats To Be Explored

Unique Deepsea Habitats To Be Explored

New animal species, some never seen before, are expected to be discovered by a joint New Zealand-Australia research survey which will explore deepsea habitats in the Tasman Sea.

The NORFANZ research survey will explore deepsea habitats, including seamounts, from northern New Zealand to Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands. It will take four weeks, from 10 May to 8 June.

The survey, which is jointly funded by New Zealand and Australia, has attracted international interest. New Zealand’s Ministry of Fisheries and Australia’s National Oceans Office have each committed half a million dollars, and New Zealand’s National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) are providing scientific support.

The main aim is to provide information on the composition, nature, and potential vulnerability of these unique and unexplored habitats. The results will give scientists a much better understanding of the species living on the deep seamounts and ridges throughout the Tasman Sea. This information will then be used to help protect and manage these ecosystems.

The NORFANZ survey will use NIWA’s deepsea research vessel Tangaroa to photograph and video the seafloor at depths between 200 and 1200 metres and to collect samples and specimens. The survey will also examine the life in the water above and around these seamounts.

2. A total of 24 scientists from more than 11 research organisations around the world will be represented on Tangaroa. They include staff of: New Zealand: The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Australia: Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Programme (CSIRO) Museum Victoria Australian Museum Queensland Museum Northern Territory Museum NSW State Fisheries New Caledonia: Institute de Recherche pour le Dévelopement, Noumea France: Natural History Museum, Paris USA: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.

ENDS

Note to Editors This voyage will provide interesting visual and scientific material, and as much information as possible will be posted daily on the NORFANZ website http:// http://www.oceans.gov.au/norfanz. The Ministry of Fisheries is happy to work with you to arrange discussion about the NORFANZ expedition prior to its departure, and to arrange contact during or after the voyage.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

CO2 And Water: Fonterra's Environment Plans

Federated Farmers support Fonterra’s bold push to get to zero emissions of CO2 on the manufacturing side of the Co-operative, both in New Zealand and across its global network. More>>

ALSO:

Fisheries: Decision To Delay Monitoring ‘Fatally Flawed’

Conservation group representatives say a decision by the new Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, to delay implementation of camera monitoring of fishing efforts in New Zealand is ‘fatally flawed’. More>>

ALSO:

Kaikōura Quakes: One Year On

State Highway One and the railway were blocked by damage and slips and the Inland Road suffered significant damage. Farms, homes and businesses suffered building and land damage. Power and internet went down, drinking water systems, sewage systems and local roads were all badly affected... More>>

ALSO: