“Houston, we have a problem.” A case of cockle déjà vu.

It’s happening again! Our wonderful cockles in the Whangateau Harbour are dying in what appears to be an event similar to that in 2009 when 80% of our cockles died.

A dead and gaping cockle lies moribund and stinking on the sand surface over the cockle beds off Lew’s Bay in the Whangateau Harbour.

A dead and gaping cockle lies moribund and stinking on the sand surface over the cockle beds off Lew’s Bay in the Whangateau Harbour.

In the summer of 2009 Whangateau Harbour residents noticed an awful smell coming off the harbour flats. It soon became obvious that it was caused by many thousands (in fact millions) of dead cockles rotting in the sun.

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Progress Toward Marine Spatial Plan for the Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf

Kawau Island – Hauraki Gulf

Following the official  launch of “Sea Change”, the Marine Spatial Planning process proposed for the Hauraki Gulf, at the Hauraki Gulf Forum seminar at the Auckland Museum on 9th September 2013, further progress has been made.

A meeting at the Auckland Museum on Friday 11th October collected a very diverse group of marine-oriented individuals and organizations together in one room.  There were roughly 200 people there.  The day was focused mainly on getting started on procedures to end up with who is on the Stakeholder Working Group, which is really the grass-roots part of the project where individuals and groups effectively produce the plan.

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