Habitat Modification and Destruction
In general, this is much less of a problem in New Zealand than in
more heavily populated countries. Nevertheless, substantial parts
of the local marine environment have been changed dramatically through
port developments, reclamations and other uses like aquaculture.
Mussel farming, in particular, is expanding rapidly in New Zealand
and is starting to compete for habitat with several whale and dolphin
populations. The Trust has carried out several assessments of the
effects of aquaculture on marine mammal populations, and is likely
to be increasingly involved in research in this area.
Publications and reports