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Abalone Rescue

Abalone Rescue

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, November 16, 2016/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, marine life, sustainability, environment

                                     Abalone/Paua Shell (credit: Wikicommons)

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the coastal region of New Zealand's South Island lifting the seafloor several meters in some places. Damages are still being estimated but early imagery shows that thousands of abalone (paua in Maori) were exposed by the earthquake. Near the tourist town of Kaikoura, popular for whale-watching and recreational fishing, the seafloor was lifted 10 feet exposing shellfish reefs completely out of the water.

Abalone is one of the most desired shellfish anywhere and in many locations has been so overharvested that collection is banned. Abalone poaching, dried and shipped to Asian markets, remains a serious problem. While some people may have rushed to gather the newly exposed mollusks to eat, local fishermen and conservationists are gathering as many paua as possible and replanting them on reefs that still remain underwater.

     

 Exposed Abalone, New Zealand (credit: Anna Redmond)  Abalone Rescue for Reef Replanting  (credit: NZ News 1)

                                     New Zealand Coastal Uplift (video credit: UK Daily Mail)

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