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Thursday, 29 June 2017

First Place Winner in the Eye On Nature Art Competition
Tuesday, 12 April 2016

 Our Big Blue Backyard:
Did you know that Auckland’s beautiful Hauraki Gulf is home to more than 60 tranquil islands, many of them pest-free havens where native New Zealand wildlife and plants flourish. It is also a seabird hotspot with more than 20% of the world’s seabirds species present. As well as, this about 25% of all known dolphin and whale species have visited the Hauraki Gulf, great white sharks breed there and giant manta rays and whale sharks visit the Hauraki Gulf in summer.
However plastic pollution is a growing problem in the Hauraki Gulf. Plastic chokes our waterways, damages marine ecosystems, and becomes part of the marine food chain. All the plastics that end up in our waterways eventually break up into smaller and smaller pieces. Some of it floats, some of it sinks, but none of it ever disappears. Plastic continues to accumulate and circulate in our environment where marine animals can mistake it for food. This can cause starvation, dehydration, internal damage or even death. When this growing plastic pollution finds its way into our marine food chain, it can also affect human health when we eat seafood.
 




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