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Community shellfish monitoring

Community shellfish monitoring.
Community shellfish monitoring

Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, and the Department of Conservation (DoC) support community groups, schools and iwi to carry out annual shellfish monitoring.

Groups perform annual surveys to count and measure the dominant kinds of shellfish, such as cockles and pipis, living in sheltered beaches, harbours and estuaries.

What is shellfish monitoring?
How to get involved
Schools
Survey Sites
Ministry of Fisheries shellfish surveys


What is shellfish monitoring?

Shellfish monitoring provides an ecological health indicator for the beaches of the Hauraki Gulf. It also aims to increase environmental awareness and help the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) assess the effectiveness of its shellfish harvesting limits.

We provide groups with practical assistance and equipment to undertake annual shellfish surveys.

Findings are reported to the community, sent to MPI and the Hauraki Gulf Forum, and included in the State of the Environment Report.

Hauraki Gulf Forum community shellfish monitoring annual reports

2012-2013 (PDF 1.9MB)
2011-2012 (PDF 1396KB)
2010-2011 (PDF 619KB)

Shellfish Identification Guides 

Shellfish Identification Guide (PDF 1MB)
Shellfish quick guide (PDF 496KB) 


How to get involved

A group of school children conducting a shellfish survey.
A group of school children conducting a shellfish survey

To express interest in co-ordinating a community shellfish survey, contact the Environmental Programmes Team at Auckland Council

Community shellfish monitoring project flyer (PDF 1.1 MB)


Schools

The survey programme is linked with the learning outcomes and unit standards of the NZ curriculum. Teacher resource kits have been developed for two levels - upper primary/intermediate (Levels 3-4), and Year 12 Biology (Level 7).

Upper primary teacher resource kit (PDF 3.6MB) 
Junior learning journal (PDF 663KB)
Secondary teacher resource kit (PDF 4MB)
Biology student workbook (PDF 1.6MB)



Survey Sites

Beach

Location 

Community organisation 

Supporting organisation 

Year community surveys started 

Cheltenham Beach

Devonport, Auckland

Cheltenham Beach Caretakers

Independent

1993

Whangateau Harbour - Lews Bay

Rodney

Whangateau Harbour Care Group and Mahurangi College

Auckland Council

2003

Cockle Bay

Howick, Auckland

Howick College
Previously supported by Chinese Conservation Education Trust

Auckland Council (previously supported by DoC)

2005

Whangateau Harbour - Causeway

Rodney

Whangateau Harbour Care Group

Auckland Council

2006

Umupuia Beach

Franklin

Maraetai Beach School, Umupuia Marae

Previously also supported by: Te Puru Sea Scouts, Pohutukawa Coast Community Association

Auckland Council

2006

(survey on hold while rahui in place as requested by iwi)

 

Kawakawa Bay - West

Franklin

Clevedon School

Auckland Council

2007

Kawakawa Bay - East

Franklin

Edmund Hillary School

Previously also supported by: Weka Watch and corporate volunteers

Auckland Council

2006

Okahu Bay

Auckland

Ngati Whatua

Auckland Council

2007 

Whangapoua Harbour,

Great Barrier Island

Okiwa School, Kaitoki School, Mulberry Grove School

DoC

2007

Te Matuku Bay Marine Reserve

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Primary School

Previously also supported by Te Huruhi School

DoC.
Previously also supported by WWF

2007 

Duder Regional Park

Franklin

Ecoquest Foundation

Auckland Council

2008

Beachlands (2 sites)

Franklin

Beachlands School

Auckland Council

2008

Whitianga Harbour

Coromandel

Mercury Bay School

Waikato Regional Council

2008

Ngaio Bay, Mahurangi Harbour

Rodney

Mahurangi College

Auckland Council through the Mahurangi Action Plan

2008

Pine Harbour - Green Bay

Franklin

Maraetai Beach School

Auckland Council

2010

Wharekawa Harbour

Opoutere, Coromandel

Ecoquest Foundation

Waikato Regional Council

2010

Whangateau Harbour - Horseshoe Island

Rodney

Whangateau Harbour Care Group and Mahurangi College

Auckland Council

2011

Sandspit - East of the spit

Rodney

Sandspit SOS Inc (SSOSI)

Auckland Council

Summer 2010

 


Ministry for Primary Industries surveys

Community shellfish monitoring complements the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) inter-tidal shellfish surveys that have been carried out by scientists at selected locations within the Auckland Fishery Management Area since 1992.

The MPI surveys use a more scientifically rigorous and complex sampling method than the community surveys.  However, due to funding limitations, the MPI surveys are not repeated annually at all sites where there are known shellfish resources.

The community shellfish monitoring helps MPI by providing more frequent information, and potentially earlier warning of intertidal shellfish depletions.

The community monitoring may also help MPI select sites for funded research in the future.

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