A previously restored mussel reef near Waiheke Island - Photo by Shaun Lee

  PICTURED: A previously restored mussel reef near Waiheke Island - Photo by Shaun Lee  

Responding to shell fish loss

By . Image credit Shaun Lee. 2019 march

As reported frequently in the Gulf Journal, shellfish beds are vital to marine ecosystems. They filter and clean the water, stabilise the seafloor, dampen the effects of storm surge, enhance biodiversity, and remove nutrients that run off the land.

This newsroom article by Professor Simon Thrush, Director of the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Auckland, calls for urgent research to inform targeted restoration activities, as well as more coordinated partnerships of current restoration efforts. Professor Thrush urges, however, that scientific knowledge alone will not secure the success – community participation and commitment are critical to ensuring the long-term success and sustainability of restoration.

To get involved locally, contact Revive our Gulf.

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