MYSTERY OF THE MANTA
Globally, te whai rahi oceanic manta rays are endangered with some populations in serious decline, but here in New Zealand we simply don’t know enough about how these impressive ocean voyagers are faring in a rapidly changing ocean. Data, sightings and knowledge are crucial to ensuring a healthy future for the great oceanic manta.
KELP + CARBON
Kelp forests provide important stores of carbon, yet the long-term fate of this carbon is unknown. Answering this question is crucial in order to understand the role of kelp forests in climate change mitigation, and to quantify and value blue carbon.
Kelp is vital for ocean ecosystems to flourish, creating habitats for marine life and is hugely efficient at fixing carbon. However, many coastlines which were once home to vast forests of kelp, now lie bare, thriving reef ecosystems replaced by kina (sea urchin) barrens.