Ocean temperatures around New Zealand remain higher than usual, with marine heat waves threatening marine life.
MetService oceanographer Dr Joao de Souza says “extreme” heatwaves along the South Island’s south-western coast are reaching new records, with sea surface temperatures reaching an incredible six degrees higher than normal.
Dr Souza has been tracking marine heatwaves as part of the Moana Project, a five-year, $11.5 million MBIE Endeavour ocean research initiative. It aims to improve understanding of coastal ocean circulation, connectivity, and marine heatwaves to provide information that supports New Zealand’s seafood industry.
The initiative brings together 54 experts from across 14 national and international organisations. The project involves research organisations in New Zealand and overseas and partners with Whakatōhea iwi to support their rohe moana interests in the Bay of Plenty.
Find out more about the Moana Project in our front-page feature of the latest issue.
In other news, we also take a look at Fisheries New Zealand’s draft plan to revitalise the Hauraki Gulf, Mercury Marine’s new Avator 7.5E electric outboard in the boating news section, Tony Orman shares advice on how best to use summer insects as bait for trout.
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