May 10, 2018
Shellfish stewardship methods studied
Waikato University PhD student has received a $5000 scholarship from BayTrust to help her study how Maori moved marine shellfish from location to location.
Applicants for the Bruce Cronin BayTrust Scholarship must have links to the Bay of Plenty through birth, education or whakapapa.
Marine biologist Vanessa Taikato works as a researcher for Tauranga’s Manaaki Te Awanui Trust.
She intends to use archaeological evidence to investigate the tools and methods used by Maori to translocate toheroa and other kaimoana.
Historical documents indicate pre- and post-European Maori used kelp bags, also known as poha, to translocate toheroa and other kaimoana species.
Ms Taikato hopes the knowledge can help contemporary efforts to restore and manage depleted shellfish resources.
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