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Chatham / Challenger Project

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The Chatham / Challenger project will map and compare habitats and diversity of sea-bed communities in fishable depths at key locations across the Chatham Rise and the Challenger Plateau. These two areas have been chosen for the project because they provide a strong contrast in terms of plankton productivity.

More details of the Chatham / Challenger Project can be found at Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) website.

Further information from the MAF website here.

Zoning the ocean into areas that reflect biodiversity for management purposes is a complex task. To date, progress has been made using physical oceanic data, but information about sea-bed ecology is largely missing.

The Chatham / Challenger project will map and compare habitats and diversity of sea-bed communities in fishable depths at key locations across the Chatham Rise and the Challenger Plateau. These two areas have been chosen for the project because they provide a strong contrast in terms of plankton productivity. Their sea-bed communities are likely to mirror this.

This is a joint project between Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), DOC, NIWA and LINZ. The $4.7 million project contributes to New Zealand’s Biodiversity Strategy.