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What does Fish Forever do?

We promote and support marine protection initiatives within, near and beyond New Zealand's Bay of Islands.
We meet the last Thursday of every month in Paihia and welcome new members.
Please get in touch info@fishforever.org.nz | 027 243-1777

Put the big ones back

Big snapper and big crays eat kina. Smaller snapper and crays can't.
By keeping kina numbers in check, they help keep our rocky reefs healthy.

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Put the big ones back

 

barrenKina Barren Photo: Vince Kerr
Taking big snapper and big crayfish out of an area lets kina run rampant. Ever seen a kina barren?

Putting the big snapper and big crayfish back is one thing we can do to keep our shallow reefs healthy.

  • kina kelpKina munching kelp. Photo: Vince KerrBig snapper and big crayfish deal to kina, keeping their population in check. Smaller snapper and crays can't do that job.
  • When these big predators are removed from an area, kina numbers explode.
  • Kina eat kelp.
  • Left unchecked, kina munch through kelp forests, sometimes as deep as 8 m, leaving bare rock - kina barrens
  • Kelp forests are the nurseries of the sea.  When they are gone vital habitat for food, for cover and breeding is lost.

In a habitat survey around Waewaetorea and Okahu Islands in the Bay of Islands, it was found 65% of the sheltered reefs were kina barrens

 

 



roger-grace"We had no reason to believe that Kina Barrens, widespread throughout Northern NZ were anything but a natural occurence. We now know they are an artifact of overfishing. Kina Barrens have all but disappeared at Goat Island and Tawharanui Marine Reserves... "
Dr Roger Grace - Marine Scientist


 

 

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