NZ ban on abalone harvest after earthquake

ABALONE organisations say they support the three-month harvesting ban announced by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries.
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This follows the earthquake which struck the upper South Island and caused the inshore seabed to uplift by two to three metres along a 100km stretch of the Kaikoura and Marlborough coastline.

This has exposed large areas of important abalone habitat and lead to the loss of a very large numbers of adult and juvenile abalone, which New Zealanders refer to as paua.

It has also, and perhaps most seriously, damaged a great deal of the special habitat that paua larval settlement and juvenile growth takes place in, paua organisations said.

In the new intertidal zone, the area between the new low tide and high tide mark, there are still a number of surviving adult paua, but the paua exposed permanently above the new high tide level have died off.

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