Bringing the harbour back to life
A team sets up a trial on the sandflats at Whangarei Harbour. (Photos: Vonda Cummings, NIWA)
Declining numbers of shellfish is recognised as a problem in many estuaries and coastal areas around New Zealand, and local communities who traditionally gather kai moana are becoming concerned for the future of their customary food source.
In Whangarei Harbour, the Kaitiaki Roopu (caretaker group) has been working with NIWA over the last few years in an innovative project to restore shellfish beds.