The Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) - Te Kura Moana programme is celebrating World Oceans Day!
The Mountains To Sea Conservation Trust (MTSCT)/ EMR are working closely with Te Whanau Moana Me Te Rorohuri hapu to support the Maitai Bay rāhui that was established in late 2017. The rāhui aims to restore marine life, restore the tapu and mana and implement a sustainability plan for future generations. World Ocean Day has marked the beginning of this seasons monitoring (delayed due to Covid 19 and bad weather) of the rāhui.
In the short time the no-take rāhui protection has been in place, the sealife has made big steps towards recovery and a healthier, more balanced marine ecosystem! This is year 3 for the survey work and so far the team are seeing larger snapper. These images were taken today!
To celebrate World Oceans Day, you can take action by supporting the Rahui rollover at another beautiful Northland location at Maunganui Bay (Deep Water Cove). This rāhui is also no-take and has been in place since 2010. The abundance of marine life close to shore is huge (EMR experienced this at our Community Guided Snorkel Day in March 2020) with a healthy crayfish population, large schools of fish and lush kelp forest.
Make a submission today https://www.emr.org.nz/index.php/support-us/make-a-submission