NIWA is sponsoring the 25th International Congress for Conservation Biology.
NIWA staff are running three workshop 'Think Tanks' before the conference, these worksops are:
Implications of environmental change to Antarctic ecosystems 2, 3, 4 December, for more information contact [email protected]
Deep-sea coral research to enhance conservation 2, 3 December, for more information contact [email protected]
A new post doctoral fellow at NIWA – Dr Claire Guy – is investigating the ecological impacts of ocean acidification on key Antarctic shellfish.
Scientists from NIWA and Massey University have surveyed rig shark (aka lemon fish) nurseries in 13 estuaries nationwide. They also recorded a number of environmental parameters, which will help scientists understand more about the preferred habitats of rig sharks.
The inaugural NZ Biodiversity Photo Competition attracted more than 350 entries from amateur and professional photographers of all ages. The competition, run by Department of Conservation, NZ National Commission for UNESCO, NIWA, and Forest & Bird, celebrated New Zealand’s unique plant and animal life and marked the 2010 UN International Year of Biodiversity.
Data, maps, images, and reports from New Zealand’s single broadest marine survey have been made publically available on the internet. NIWA worked with Wellington-based web company Silverstripe to develop a web portal to enable free access to information gathered during the Bay of Islands Ocean Survey 20/20.
The New Zealand coast is a marine biodiversity hotspot, inhabited by an estimated 65 000 species, many of unique to New Zealand. Knowing what we have and where is crucial to protecting this wealth of biodiversity and the environmental services it delivers. A recent mapping project meets this need.
The Bay of Islands coast is under increasing pressure from human activities, both land-based and marine. As part of the government’s Ocean Survey 20/20 programme, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) commissioned NIWA to carry out a comprehensive survey of the region’s seafloor habitats and biodiversity.
Research has revealed key differences in seafloor communities and habitats inside and outside the Separation Point trawl fishing exclusion zone in Tasman Bay. These have important implications for valuable benthic fisheries in the area.