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If you are heading to Aotea Great Barrier this summer you need to read this:

If you are heading to Aotea Great Barrier this summer you need to read this:There are currently biosecurity rules in place making it illegal to fish from three harbours on Aotea Great Barrier Island. to prevent the spread of the invasive seaweed pest Caulerpa brachypus.

The requirements are set out in a Controlled Area Notice (CAN). As well as banning the take of any marine life (fish, shellfish, seaweed, crays), if you anchor in these harbours, you’ll need a permit from Biosecurity New Zealand to move on.
As partners in the response, Ngāti Rehua Ngāti Wai ki Aotea have placed a rāhui over the same areas.

The legal controls are in place until Thursday, 30 June 2022.

For more information, please visit: bit.ly/31ycCZ1
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Eye-catching new campaign from WWF New Zealand to help save the Hauraki Gulf, Tīkapa Moana, Te Moananui-ā-Toi! 🐳 Learn more about it below:

Eye-catching new campaign from WWF New Zealand to help save the Hauraki Gulf, Tīkapa Moana, Te Moananui-ā-Toi! 🐳 Learn more about it below:Are You Pro-Extinction?

Learn more: ow.ly/psJR50H2v3m
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💪👏 🐳 mīharo! Awesome!

Revive Our Gulf
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei - Whai Māia
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Breaking: Minister approves Waiheke closure. 🐳 Ngā mihi Ngāti Pāoā for leading this, Waiheke Marine Project, Waiheke Local Board and the Waiheke community for their support, and to David Parker for approving the closure today. A great day for the Hauraki Gulf, Tīkapa Moana, Te Moananui-ā-Toi. 

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/news/media-releases/waiheke-island-scallop-mussel-rock-lobster-and-paua-fisheries-to-close/

Breaking: Minister approves Waiheke closure. 🐳 Ngā mihi Ngāti Pāoā for leading this, Waiheke Marine Project, Waiheke Local Board and the Waiheke community for their support, and to David Parker for approving the closure today. A great day for the Hauraki Gulf, Tīkapa Moana, Te Moananui-ā-Toi.

www.mpi.govt.nz/news/media-releases/waiheke-island-scallop-mussel-rock-lobster-and-paua-fisheries...
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Wonderful news! Thanks to all those involved ♥️

Yes…. Great.. read that today. 👏🏼Bruce said the local Tribe have instigated it some time ago…. There’s been noShell fish around for some time!!! Great news 👏🏼

Great news, good work everyone ❤️

A chance for the place to recover 👏👏👏

Good news. Well done people!

Congratulations this is so huuuuuuuuuge💙

Best Christmas present ever it's going to keep fisheries busy all Summer

Excellent news!👍❤️

Fantastic news! Ka pai 👏👏👏

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🐥 tara iti breeding season please be careful there are only 40 left in the 🌏

🐥 tara iti breeding season please be careful there are only 40 left in the 🌏The first tara iti/fairy tern egg of the 2021/2022 breeding season has appeared at Papakānui, one of their four nesting sites that are all North of Auckland!

While this is fantastic news, we have had some concerns about behaviour that occurred at another breeding site at the same time the egg was discovered.

Last weekend we came across a person and her dog in a vehicle parked in the dunes at the base of the wildlife refuge at Mangawhai. The person was escorted out of the reserve and now this incident is being followed up by our compliance officers - for entering a wildlife refuge (breaching the Northland reserves bylaws) with a vehicle and a dog. Both are prohibited and may result in a $800.00 infringement notice.

It’s concerning to see such a blatant breach of wildlife refuge rules, especially with the tara iti/fairy tern breeding season just starting.

With fewer than 40 birds, the tara iti/fairy tern is nationally critical and despite intensive management has teetered on the brink of extinction since the 1980s.

Read more here: bit.ly/3n7pn4R

📷 :Malcom Pullman
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When the diets of our largest residents of the Hauraki Gulf, our tohorā 🐳, change rapidly as this important research shows, it matters for more than just the whales...

When the diets of our largest residents of the Hauraki Gulf, our tohorā 🐳, change rapidly as this important research shows, it matters for more than just the whales...New research from our members:

Multi-species feeding associations are temporary and dynamic communities of animals exploiting the same or co-occurrent resources. We determined how shifts in whale prey preference from fish to zooplankton changed the dynamics between seabird competitors over a 10-year period in the Hauraki Gulf. Communities that rely on interactions for foraging success are vulnerable to changes by key predators, leading to degradation of the mauri in the Gulf.

Full article: www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2021.739894/full

University University of Pisa, The University of Auckland

If you would like your research shared, please email secretary@nzmss.org with a short summary and link to the article.
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Good news!

Good news!***Motutapu-Rangitoto stoat incursion update***

Breaking news! Last Friday, a stoat was found caught in a DOC150 trap on Motutapu Island. The trap was located in an artificial den using the sonic lure of a recording of juvenile stoats, as well as female stoat-scented bedding. This is the first time DOC has used this type of sonic lure to trap a stoat.

To help us determine if there are other stoat(s) still remaining, the stoat has been sent for DNA analysis to help us compare its genotype with those of scats already found on the islands. We also have two more conservation dog visits booked, and have moved the sonic lure to a new area. We continue to trap and use thermal camera imaging. Ka rawe!

You can read more in our media release here: www.doc.govt.nz/news/media-releases/2021-media-releases/breakthrough-in-motutapu-stoat-hunt/
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Thank goodness!

At long last. What a clever stoat to stay free from all the traps for so long.

Fab news!

Well done and thanks for all that effort

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