September 19, 2014
Boost for mahinga kai research
Ngai Tahu and the University of Otago are teaming up to measure the abundance of key marine species in customary protection areas.
They have secured a grant of $180,000 from the government’s Vision Matauranga Capability Fund for the Te Tiaki Mahinga Kai research programme.
Recent marine science masters graduate Peri Subritzky will undertake stock assessments and look at environmental and habitat characteristics, initially in Te Waipounamu and in the North Island during the second year of the project.
He will be mentored by the university’s marine science head Dr Chris Hepburn and work in partnership with scientists and environmental managers from Ngai Tahu’s customary fishery unit.
The project aims to develop resources to support tangata whenua, kaitiaki and customary management area committees.
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