Biological monitoring of marine protected areas (MPAs) is important to assess their effects and to determine whether they are meeting their objectives. However, traditional monitoring has proven difficult at Banks Peninsula.
In this study, we investigated whether baited underwater video (BUV) is a suitable method for monitoring fish assemblages here. BUV deployments (n = 134) were made in Pōhatu and Akaroa Marine Reserves marine reserves and in three control areas over seven consecutive days in February and March 2017.
Marine Ranger Tom MacTavish takes us through the marine reserve monitoring project at Banks Peninsula using baited underwater video.