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Native’s not always good and exotic’s not all bad – Wayne Linklater

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 3rd, 2017.

On World Wildlife Day, Victoria University of Wellington’s Dr Wayne Linklater writes in the Dominion Post about his thoughts on the “native good, exotic bad” message. An excerpt (read in full): I don’t like my children being provoked to kill for conservation. And I don’t like them being taught to demonise an entire species of animal, […]

NZ salmon research makes a splash in Canada

John Kerr posted in on August 24th, 2011.

Research led by a New Zealand scientist has shown that salmon farming in Canada may be having a negative impact on wild populations due to the spread of parasites. The research, undertaken by  Dr Martin Krkosek, from Otago Univeristy, and Canadian colleagues, reveals that declines in wild populations of salmon are linked to levels of […]

Dom Post: Niwa looks beyond salmon to boost NZ fish farming options

Peter Griffin posted in on June 14th, 2010.

Hamish Rutherford writes in the Dominion Post about NIWA’s work in developing new types of aquaculture, in order to be ready should new space be set aside. NIWA scientists have developed means of farming kingfisher, and except to have done the same for hapuka.  There are hopes that farmed fish could be desirable for chefs […]

Salmon – a great source of selenium

Peter Griffin posted in on December 11th, 2008.

Researchers at Massey University have compared a group of healthy volunteers who ate a 120g portion of salmon twice a week, with another group who took salmon oil in the form of capsules containing the equivalent amount of omega 3 fatty acids. Although both groups were found to have a similar level of omega 3 […]

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