NIWA calls citizens

0 Comments 26 May 2015

NIWA calls on citizen scientists for grey mullet survey

GreymulletBrendanHicksNew Zealand’s leading freshwater and estuarine research body is harnessing the national curiosity about ecology to find out more about grey mullet.

Project leader Mark Morrison says survey information will be welcome from all users of New Zealand’s outdoors – fishers, boaties, hunters, farmers, foresters, trampers, dive club members, Fish and Game members, rangers, and others. “This is a national survey, which extends well beyond grey mullet’s well known northern New Zealand estuary strongholds,” he says.

Current evidence suggests that all juveniles start off in estuarine nursery habitats. With size and age they disperse widely across estuaries, freshwater systems such as lakes and rivers, off exposed surf beaches, and around coastal bays and islands, including many sheltered shallow-water reefs.

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