Cock­les re­turn­ing to Pau­ata­hanui Inlet

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The health of Pau­ata­hanui Inlet is be­ing re­stored, judg­ing by the big in­crease in cockle num­bers recorded in the lat­est sur­vey by the Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui Inlet.

Cockle num­bers are up 21 per cent from 277 mil­lion to 336 mil­lion since the last sur­vey in 2010. They have grown a mas­sive 87 per cent since 1995.

The cockle sur­vey has been un­der­taken by Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui Inlet ev­ery three years since 1992 and is an­a­lysed by Na­tional In­sti­tute of Wa­ter and At­mo­spheric Re­search.

This, the eighth sur­vey, was car­ried out in De­cem­ber 2013.

Vol­un­teers as­sist­ing Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui Inlet came from Ngati Toa Ran­gatira, Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil, Porirua City Coun­cil, Massey Univer­sity, Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers and lo­cal res­i­dents.

Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui Inlet chair­man Tony Shaw said the re­sults con­firmed that the num­ber of cock­les was larger than in any of the pre­vi­ous sur­veys.

‘‘This is good for the cock­les, but must also be an in­di­ca­tion that the gen­eral eco­log­i­cal health of the inlet is im­prov­ing,’’ he said.

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