MARINE ENVIRONMENT - Be proud of our marine environment
What do we want to fix?
We want a healthier coastal marine environment and to restore the abundance of local fisheries.
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What do we want to do?
As a region and council we actually know too little about our marine environment so we want to kick start a programme of marine research. We will need the support of recreational, customary and commercial fishers to find out more and how we can better manage our marine environment.
Goals to reduce the amount of sediment and contaminants in our estuaries and low land streams will also help improve breeding habitats and HBRC has developed fish passage ramps so ocean-going fish and eels can migrate naturally in and out of streams and wetlands.
Our work so far
Research Programme - We have been working with the Hawke’s Bay Marine and Coastal Group (HBMaC) to develop a research plan - the Marine and Coastal Roadmap. The Roadmap was launched by Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Fisheries, on 8 June 2018.
Study of the Wairoa Hard - We are working with MPI and hapū looking at the current state of the Wairoa Hard. In March and April the NIWA vessel Ikatere used an echo sounder to find out how large the area is and the potential habitats. The Wairoa Hard is named for its coarse cobble sea floor and is an area of national importance as it provides a nursery for juvenile fish, snapper, hammerhead shark, bronze whalers, John Dory and trevally. A report on this investigation is due in October 2018.
Hydrodynamic model - We are looking at options for creating a hydrodynamic model of Hawke Bay. Cawthron Research Institute have been engaged to provide an initial assessment of coastal water quality so the model can show trends and highlight problem areas, and Cawthron satellite imagery will also be analysed to help develop the model. HBRC coastal scientists will gather data this winter, taking 82 samples at different depths of sea bed within the bay.