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Christchurch wildlife smothered in silt

Steven Trask posted in on April 9th, 2015.

Christchurch’s freshwater wildlife is being smothered in silt, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Canterbury and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). The study, published today in the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, highlights the decline of wildlife in the city’s waterways following the Christchurch […]

Has ‘rock snot’ been here all along? – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 9th, 2014.

Controversial new research claims that noxious blooms of the fresh water algae didymo –aka ‘rock snot’ — are caused by changes in native algal species and suggest that current efforts to prevent the spread of the organism may be misguided. In a new forum article published in BioScience, two North American researchers conclude that the […]

Ruataniwha irrigation dam decision – expert responds

Dacia Herbulock posted in on April 16th, 2014.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted resource consent to a proposed irrigation dam that will be the largest built in New Zealand for over 20 years. The Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, led by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council, proposes construction of a major irrigation dam in the Tukituki River catchment. Extensive modelling and environmental impact […]

In the news: Report calls for native eel protection

John Kerr posted in on April 18th, 2013.

Dr Jan Wright, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is calling for a moratorium on the fishing of native longfin eels, citing research showing the species is in decline. The Commissioner’s report, ‘On a pathway to extinction? An investigation into the status and management of the longfin eel‘, highlighted new research detailing the decline of native […]

Longfin eels – PCE calls for commercial fishing moratorium

Dacia Herbulock posted in on April 17th, 2013.

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright has launched a new report, On a pathway to extinction? An investigation into the status and management of the longfin eel. Commercial fishing of native freshwater eels is currently permitted under the quota management system, despite mounting concerns that the iconic endemic longfin eel may be headed […]

Science clear on freshwater quality and trout

John Kerr posted in on July 6th, 2011.

Following claims that trout are responsible for the decline in New Zealand’s freshwater quality, scientists stepped forward to set the record straight. In a speech last week, Federated Farmers Dairy chairperson Lachlan McKenzie, accused introduced fish of contributing significantly to the declining water quality. The Science Media Centre highlighted the reaction from freshwater scientists who felt the […]

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