One of the main objectives for our whitebait conservation study was to determine if the earthquakes had altered the location of spawning sites for īnanga (Galaxias maculatus) for spawning. They are typically found in specific locations near the freshwater-saltwater interface at rivermouths. As such, īnanga spawning sites are potentially a very good indicator of change. Conversely, they may be especially vulnerable to changes that affect the availability or condition of suitable habitat.
And the answer is - yes, there has been a major shift in the location of spawning compared to all previous records!
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