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South-East Marine Protection Forum – Have Your Say

The South-East is the only region in the country without any Marine Protected Area. Marine Reserves will help to ensure protection of the most iconic and ecologically significant marine habitats and and help protect the places and things people value most about the South-East coast.

The case against straws

Most of us know that single-use plastics are a major problem which contributes greatly to marine pollution. But often times we feel powerless to help. Where do we even begin?

Meet Phronima – A Parasitic Predator from the Deep

Picture a predator with four eyes, two pincer-like claws, and a set of sharp jaws. Its body is transparent, allowing it to blend fully into its surroundings. Its home is transparent too – providing protection while also allowing the creature to stalk its prey from within.

The Human Risk of Plastic Fish

Eight million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, that’s one tonne every four minutes. At current rates plastic is set to outweigh the amount of fish in the ocean by 2050, coincidently the same year that scientists predict all sea birds will contain plastic.

Bleaching Reefs and Us

Although tropical coral reefs don’t line New Zealand’s coasts it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care about news of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and in particular the newest wave of coral bleaching to hit the area.

Bioplastics – Not a simple solution

Plastics made from plants have been around since the late 1800’s, but have only recently become widely used – generally in the form of a plastic called polylactic acid, or PLA.

Hidden Plastics

Leading a plastic-free life – or making steps in that direction – doesn’t come easy. If you want to reduce your plastic consumption you have to do your homework: read labels, do research, ask questions, and take steps in the right direction.

Why plastic recycling isn’t the answer

Recycling is a feel-good activity. Most of us do our best to make sure our plastic waste gets into the recycling bin and is therefore saved from entering our landfills. Right? Not always…

A better way forward

In mid-July the Government announced a new $1.2 million initiative to create a facility in New Zealand capable of recycling soft plastics. Currently, plastic shopping bags and other soft plastics are not recyclable in NZ. That means nearly all of the 1.4 billion grocery bags used annually in our country end up in a landfill or worse, in our environment.

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