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Whitebait fishery isn’t being monitored – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 8th, 2016.

As another whitebait season ends, scientists say we can’t tell whether the fishery is sustainable because there are no measurements of the population. Massey University freshwater ecologist Dr Mike Joy told Newshub that failing to look after the freshwater environment was “coming home to roost for us now we’re seeing freshwater fish disappear”. He said […]

Is whitebaiting sustainable? Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 7th, 2016.

The whitebait season closed around most of the country last week, with several regions reporting ‘lacklustre’ catch this year. The whitebait fry – considered a delicacy by many – are the juveniles of five species of galaxiid, four of which are considered threatened or declining. The SMC asked freshwater experts for their views on the sustainability […]

‘Beyond the limits’ Freshwater scientists speak out

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 3rd, 2012.

Is current intensification of land use damaging our waterways beyond repair?  Deteriorating water quality and arguments over access to water resources have been in the headlines a lot this year. Scientists speaking out about clean water and water resource issues have attracted significant attention, not all of it positive. Meanwhile water and land issues remain unresolved, with tensions […]

Dr Mike Joy on ‘Clean & Green’ NZ

John Kerr posted in on January 26th, 2012.

Dr Mike Joy, Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science at Massey University, chastises New Zealand for not walking the talk on environmental standards in an article for the Dominion Post. An excerpt (read in full here): Face the facts – we aren’t so green The enthusiastic response of Kiwis and many Government agencies to […]

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