Marine Reserve established to replenish Crayfish

By Ripeka Timutimu

In years gone by, Wellington was well known for its abundance of seafood, but today that resource has dwindled.

Bruce Stewart has lived along the shores of Taputeranga for 50 years, and he has many memories of diving in the waters close by. He recalls countless times when catching crayfish was a breeze.

According to one marine biologist, Jonathon Gardner, no doubt there will be a rise in crayfish numbers, but divers will be disappointed as the crayfish will be protected within the marine reserve.

If researchers predictions of the Taputeranga Marine Reserve are correct then the sands that surround the area will once again flourish with crayfish.