August 17, 2016
Boost for Maketu clean up
A Waikato University project to evaluate the work of Te Maru o Kaituna in restoring the Ongatoro/Maketu Estuary has won funding from the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.
Te Maru is a collaboration between local government and several iwi with a stake in the culturally-significant Kaituna River and its estuary.
It’s one of eight new scientific research projects to be funded by the challenge’s new $1.5 million innovation fund.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says the challenge team looked for proposals that would improve environmental outcomes while adding value to the marine economy.
Other projects include comparing what’s happening in the Kaikoura and Hokitika canyons, looking at the feasibility of trying to mitigate the effects of increased coastal acidification on mussel farming and using oceanographic forecasting to improve responses to contamination that can require commercial shellfish harvest and beach closures.
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