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Funding granted for Koi Carp project

Pest koi carp will be processed as a native plant fertiliser in a dune restoration programme, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today.

The $108,000 grant to the Coastal Restoration Trust, provided through the Community Environment Fund, will see digested koi carp, a pest fish, sourced from Waikato Regional Council’s pilot capture and processing facility, being used as fertiliser in community-based dune restoration programmes.

“This project is about turning an environmental problem into part of an environmental solution. Koi carp are a pest that the Waikato Regional Council was already working to eradicate. This project will take the derived fertiliser and pilot using it to support the growth of native plants on some of our degraded coastal dunes,” Mr Simpson says.

“What impresses me most about this project is that it demonstrates incredible levels of innovation, collaboration and commitment, and addresses not one but a range of environmental issues. All of the parties to the project are to be congratulated.”

Koi carp were introduced as an ornamental fish, but pose a significant threat to freshwater ecosystems by uprooting water plants, lowering water quality and eating insects normally consumed by native fish. Koi carp are considered to be one of the most invasive freshwater fish in the world.

The Trust hopes to see at least 10 coast care groups using Koi carp derived material in their dune restoration programmes by the end of project.

The broader goal of the Trust is to give coastal communities a better understanding of dune systems, the current state of these habitats and practical options for restoration.

The Community Environment Fund provides funding to empower New Zealanders to take environmental action. It support projects that strengthen partnerships, raise public awareness of environmental issues, and encourage community participation in environmental initiatives. The fund has awarded more than $12 million to environmental projects since 2010.

As published on the beehive website.

$5,000 Canon Environmental Grants

In the spirit of Canon’s guiding philosophy of Kyosei - living and working together for the common good, Canon has proudly supported community and environmental groups throughout Oceania for the last 10 years.

They are excited to announce a change to their previous Environmental Grants Program, introducing their new Canon Oceania Grants Program - Inspiring Tomorrow!

This new program will now support schools and not-for-profit groups who are addressing both social and environmental issues in their community and inspiring change for future generations. 

They are offering three grants worth of Canon equipment in-kind in New Zealand. This year’s grants will be awarded under the following categories:

  • 1 x Environmental Grant - $5,000
  • 1 x Education/School Grant - $5,000
  • 1 x Community/social Grant - $5,000

Winners will be selected based on the environmental and social merits of their organisation, as well as the importance of digital Canon technology products in ensuring the project’s success.

Applications are open until Friday 4 August 2017 with the winners announced by Thursday 31 August 2017.

South Taranaki Reef Life Project wins Green Ribbon Award

The Coastal Restoration Trust was a fellow finalist, but this group won the Green Ribbon Award in the Coasts and Oceans category and it is well-deserved! Here a little bit about their group:

This regionally and nationally recognised project aims to discover and document the subtidal rocky reef communities found in the South Taranaki Bight. Initially focusing on one target reef (approx. 11km offshore and depth of approx. 23metres), a number of surveys will be conducted throughout the year allowing us to capture the ecological variance across seasons.

Four survey methods employed are: A camera (situated for many weeks at a time on the reef, until retrieved for maintenance) taking short video bursts over night and day, benthic (reef floor) surveys involving a diver transect method with the diver capturing images of 0.5m2 quadrats randomly situated around the reef, fishing surveys (conducted by Hawera High School and Patea Area School), and acoustic surveys through a loaned hydrophone. 

Partners in the Project are: South Taranaki Underwater Club, Hawera High School, Patea Area School, Te Kaahui o Rauru and Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust.

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Scattered far and wide: A broadly distributed temperate dune grass finds familiar fungal root associates in its invasive range

Our 2013 Student Award winner Renee Johansen has now published her research in Soil Biology and Biochemistry Journal. It is titled: Scattered far and wide: A broadly distributed temperate dune grass finds familiar fungal root associates in its invasive range.

Here are some highlights:

  • Rich fungal communities occupy the roots of Ammophila arenaria (marram grass) in its invasive range (Australia and New Zealand).
  • Dominant fungi occupying the roots of Ammophila arenaria are widely dispersed.
  • Plant species impacts the community composition of root associated fungi in dunes.
  • The community composition of root fungi in the same dune grass differs among dunes.
  • Temperature, nitrogen and pH change correlate with fungal community differences in dunes.

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