Cockle count­ing cru­cial

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

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.

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