31 Jul 2015

Seabed habitat in the Marlborough Sounds is rapidly degrading

From Nine To Noon, 9:23 am on 31 July 2015

A newly released report has found 13 hundred hectares of important marine habitat was destroyed in just four years between 2011 and 2015, more than 71 percent of the area originally surveyed. The report says the most likely cause is habitat being smothered by runoff from forestry or physically destroyed by trawling for scallops. Nine to Noon speaks to the author of the report, marine biologist Rob Davidson, and the chair of the Marlborough District Council's environment committee, Peter Jerram.