Introduction

The latest results of underwater monitoring at Tuhua (Mayor Island) Marine Reserve near Tauranga reveal an emerging success story that will be explained at a public presentation on 6 March, coinciding with Seaweek celebrations around the country.

Date:  20 February 2012

The latest results of underwater monitoring at Tuhua (Mayor Island) Marine Reserve near Tauranga reveal an emerging success story that will be explained at a public presentation on 6 March, coinciding with Seaweek celebrations around the country.

Deploying a transect during monitoring.
A student deploys an underwater transect during marine reserve monitoring at Tuhua

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has been undertaking monitoring in conjunction with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Marine Studies Department every year for several years. The latest results, collected in March 2011, are the first time that clear trends have shown an increase in fish numbers and sizes.

A free public talk to present and explain the results is being held at the Bongard Centre on Cameron Road in Tauranga on Tuesday 6 March at 6.30pm; in the ground floor lecture theatre, DT104.

Dan Rapson, Marine Ranger for DOC in Tauranga says he thinks management changes have led to the results looking so good. “The last three years has seen an intensification of patrols through the reserve by DOC Rangers, and a public education campaign in conjunction with the major local fishing competitions”, says Dan. “It’s great to think this protection work has resulted in a more prosperous marine environment at Tuhua”.

March’s presentation will be given jointly by Dan Rapson from DOC and Keith Gregor from the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. It includes some great underwater photography of the reserve courtesy of local photographer Kim Westerskov, and new underwater video of the monitoring itself, with a full explanation of the monitoring results.

The talk is free, and no booking is required.

Underwater video used in the monitoring work is also available to watch online at www.doc.govt.nz/tuhua

Contact

Pete Huggins, +64 7 571 2723 or  phuggins@doc.govt.nz

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