This large scale and highly topical project drew national attention throughout the Whangamata Marina Society’s (WMS) consent process. Bioresearches was commissioned by the WMS to monitor the marine environment (water, sediment and biota) and manage and mitigate effects on terrestrial environments.
This included a robust Fauna Management Plan and an Environmental Monitoring Programme. These plans provided a strong platform from which the WMS’s consents were granted through the Environment Court.
The success of Bioresearches' mitigation programme resulted in the rescue of 259 threatened moko skinks (Oligosoma moco). Captive management of the skinks boosted the total population for relocation to 351.
The bund − a ‘bird roost area’ required as part of the resource consent for the marina − is now an important nesting site for rare native birds. Read more about it here.
More recently, we have obtained harbour dredging consents and monitored coast bird migrations for WMS.