Monday, 11 June 2018

Earthquakes cause re-positioning of spawning habitat on a catchment scale

The story of how whitebait spawning sites shifted to new areas after the Canterbury earthquakes - and became exposed to new vulnerabilities.
This spatial ecology study reveals how and where we can take action to protect them.


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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Using artificial habitats as a natural habitat detection tool


We have a new paper published in the journal Ecological Indicators that describes the science behind using artificial habitats (such as straw bales) to as a detection tool. We used this appraoch to help identify īnanga spawning habitat in degraded waterways where egg mortality can make it difficult to find the eggs directly. Unfortunately, this is fairly common and the rate of eggs literally 'disappearing' can be surprisingly high.
This also shows that having good quality habitat available is a key factor in overall spawning success.

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