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.
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.
Breaking news: each whale in the Hauraki Gulf is consuming 3 million microplastics a day. 😢🐳 That's not a typo - 3,000,000 a day for each Bryde's or sei whale tested. Hear more from Dr Rochelle Constantine of the The University of Auckland and our own Tangata Whenua Co-Chair Nicola MacDonald on the 1News piece below.
And here's the kicker: 99.99% of the microplastic ingested is already in the plankton, not just floating around in the water, so water quality testing won't necessarily be picking this up. The whole food chain is compromised.
This is great news. What’s needed now is to translate this into action - pronto!
Really exciting to see these results support what we're hearing on the ground
Congrats, great news, people want this!
Save even more money by just printing everything in English that everyone speaks.
Excellent! Any chance of political will making the changes required? 🙄
Pollution from Auckland city is screwing the Gulf… & they’re still cramming more people into the crap-hole! Until something is done about the gross overpopulation of Auckland & failing sewerage system you’re wasting your time. It’s all money & greed driven.
🐥 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.
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.
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!