Helpers wanted to remove mangroves
The call has been made for locals to help with mangroves.
Whangamata Habourcare spokesman Ian Feasey has put the call out to residents and property owners of Whangamata to help manage the ongoing seedling growth.
“If left unchecked the estuary and harbour will quickly fill up with mangroves that trap the silt that enters the harbour through the adjoining rivers and tributaries. This situation is exacerbated by the likes of the recent storm events we have had.”
Such proliferation of mangrove growth would mean, less harbour sea floor for the growth of sea life that provides food for our fish and birds. A harbour free of mangroves also means less free area for kayak and dingy sailing. Less water flowing through the harbour entrance restricts the type of sea craft that could use Whangamata harbour.
Help is sought for people to assist with removal the Mangrove seedlings starting this Saturday, July 14 starting at 1pm, from the Aileen Place Reserve, situated at the northern end of Aileen Place, that is off Allan Drive, near the top of the harbour, weather permitting.
Locals are being asked to help get rid of mangroves.