Commercial mussel lines are great at catching mussel spat, but are made of plastic. The Awhi Mai Awhi Atu project, ...is investigating the feasibility of using natural fibre lines to help restore kuku/mussel beds in Ōhiwa Harbour. In 2007 there were 112 million baby kuku in a continuous 2km reef – by 2019 there were less than 80,000 in the entire harbour. Kuku, also called kutai, are a taonga (treasured) species for the local iwi, and crucial to the health of this ecosystem.
he pāua, New Zealand’s most famous shellfish, lauded globally for its iconic multi-coloured shell, is under threat with climate change, new research reveals. Increased seawater temperatures and ocean acidification resulting in lower pH levels will affect the thickness of pāua shells, possibly making them less resistant to waves and predators. A team of researchers including National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) scientists ...