Kaikōura earthquake research results presented

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Fisheries New Zealand, Te Korowai, and the Kaikōura Marine Guardians hosted an event last night for researchers to present the findings of their research into the effects of the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake on the marine environment.

Manager of fisheries science Richard Ford says it was great to see so many locals turn up last night, with so many of them deeply invested in this research.  

"It was also really rewarding for the researchers to be able to talk about their research and answer questions people had about what was happening with our marine environment," says Dr Ford.

"Over 150 people attended the event, and many watched our live stream on Facebook.

"It was important for us to present the results to the Kaikōura community first, so it was pleasing to see so many people asking questions and engaging with this research.

"After the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake, Fisheries New Zealand commissioned a broad research programme to better understand the impacts and any early recovery of the marine environment.

"The $2 million Kaikōura earthquake marine recovery package funded research into the impact of the earthquakes on particular species and the ecology of the marine area.

"The research has given us a good baseline to measure how the recovery is progressing and where we need to focus our attention in the future. Continued monitoring of the recovery progress will inform future marine management options for when and how the current closure of shellfish and seaweed fisheries may be lifted,” Dr Ford says.

Research papers

Researchers presented their findings on impacts and changes to:

  • Kaikōura earthquake and tectonic deformation of the Kaikōura coastline
    Kate Clark (GNS)
  • Mapping change – Kaikōura to Cape Campbell
    Adam Greenland (LINZ) and Helen Neil (NIWA)
  • Rocky reef impacts from the Kaikōura earthquake
    David Schiel (Marine Ecology Research Group, University of Canterbury)
  • Gauging impacts on biogenic habitats and key invertebrates in the nearshore subtidal zone
    Robyn Dunmore (Cawthron Institute)
  • Estimating pāua biomass and monitoring populations affected by the 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake
    Tom McGowan (Pāua Industry Council)
  • Status of blue cod off Kaikōura following the 2016 earthquake
    Mike Beentjes (NIWA)
  • CRA5 rock lobster emergency survey and post-earthquake survey research
    Larnce Wichman (CRAMAC 5)
  • Evaluating the impact of the Kaikōura earthquake on the population of Hutton's shearwater
    Lorna Deppe (Hutton's Shearwater Trust)
  • Hector's dolphin survey after the Kaikōura earthquake
    Jody Weir (Kaikōura Ocean Research Institute - KORI)
  • Kaikōura Canyon– submarine landslides, erosion, and deposition by turbidity currents, carbon transfer, and impacts on biological communities of the deep seafloor
    Ashley Rowden (NIWA)
  • Effects of the Kaikōura earthquake on sperm whales
    Marta Guerra (Otago University)

Download a summary of the research papers [PDF, 4.2 MB]

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