Cockle counting crucial
Almost 100 people turned out for the triennial cockle count at Pauatahanui Inlet, a survey which will help determine the health of Porirua Harbour.
The survey, completed every three years, saw teams of locals trudge through the muddy inlet on November 21, collecting samples and recording the size and number of cockles they found.
Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet chairman John Wells said it was a crucial part of looking after the harbour.
‘‘We got in there and did what we needed to do, so the data could be sent away and analysed.’’
A report by NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) will be released in February.
‘‘If it shows that things are still the same it will mean pollutants aren’t affecting [wildlife in] the inlet, but if it changes we’ll either find out things are getting worse or better.
‘‘It’s not possible or sensible to speculate until we see the NIWA report,’’ said Mr Wells.