Tagged: marine ecosystems

Life abounds deep in the Kaikoura Canyon - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Oct 27, 2010

Why are we humans trying to get to Mars when we still have so much exploring to do here on lowly old Earth?! Perhaps we know enough about our seas already? Well, recent findings of scientists from NIWA and further afield suggest otherwise. In a paper in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, these marine … Read More

New Zealand kelp forests under threat as total allowable catch limits announced - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Sep 24, 2010

I am still reeling from an announcement made yesterday by the Minster of Fisheries and Aquaculture Phil Heatley regarding the setting of the total allowable “catch” for giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera). I thought I might try and calm down a little before I wrote this post, but the 20 or so emails that greeted me this morning from marine ecologists … Read More

The science of counting whales - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Sep 14, 2010

Yes, that is what you think it is... loving in the deep south. Photo: Lesley Douglas One of the tasks facing the research team was to count the whales in the bay. Sounds easy enough… that is until you start to consider the logistics. There are a LOT of whales to count (this year there were around 200 in a … Read More

Conflict apparent on the West Coast as marine protection recommendations released - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Aug 15, 2010

...one of the coolest things about the proposed MPAs is their proximity to National Parks. All of the four proposed MPA sites are situated alongside National Parks, and this will provide for a continuum of protection from, in many cases, the tops of mountains, to the depths of the sea. Read More

World Heritage Status: Added protection, or unintended destruction? - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod May 18, 2010

Sometimes I curse being an environmental scientist. Particularly when I’m traveling overseas. While my fellow travelers gaze in awe at the natural wonders around them, I can’t help but see signs of pollution and degradation. I have just returned from a stint in Vietnam where I visited a World Heritage Area. It really got me thinking… When UNESCO (the United … Read More

Community based marine management in practice — the West Coast example - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Feb 09, 2010

The South Island’s West Coast Marine Protection Forum looks set to be the first region to put a marine protected area (MPA) proposal to the Government under the new(ish) MPA Policy and Implementation Plan, with the group recently wrapping up an extensive consultation process. The proposal that was put out for public comment outlined four main sites … Read More

Australian media on a mission to make scientists look dodgy - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Dec 21, 2009

Yesterday 895,000 Australians (and this one Kiwi) woke up to the headline “HOPES FADE IN COPENHAGEN, RISE ON THE REEF” in a national newspaper. As one who is always up for a bit of optimism I began reading… but by the second line my hopes were somewhat dashed: “Scientists ‘crying wolf’ over coral”. This front page story reported the … Read More

A+ for Australian Marine Scientists - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod Dec 04, 2009

The Marine Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Report Card Australia 2009 has just been released. Hiding behind the long-winded name is an excellent resource - a website-based state-of-knowledge of how climate change is likely to affect Australia's marine life, with expert opinions from more than 70 marine scientists across the country. Read More

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