May 2019 - April 2020
$19,823.00 excl. GST (2019)
Participatory Science Platform
Residents of the coastal region between Fort St George and Ahu Ahu road have expressed a need for a scientific survey of the local pāua reefs.
In response, the Seachange Survey project was set up to create a community survey method, in conjunction with local schools and with input from residents, to monitor the health and distribution of pāua and other kaimoana (seafood) species.
During the project, the Seachange Survey method will be used to assess the current state of pāua on Ahu Ahu and Tapuae reef, their average size, their habitat and food source and the effect of the “no take” rules at Tapuae Marine Reserve.
This unique project is a collaboration between residents, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi Hapū, scientists, community groups and education partners and will lead to the creation of a methodology and resources which can be widely used by schools and communities throughout Taranaki.
Shane Orchard, MAIN Trust, Taranaki Regional Council, Department of Conservation, Ministry for Primary Industries, Highlands Intermediate, Okato Learning Group, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi Hapū, Ngā Motu Marine Reserve Society, Taranaki Conservationists.View all projects