Kapiti Observer : January 16th 2012
7 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 16, 2012 No trade supplied. Limits may apply. Offer runs from 16 to 22 Janurary 2012. Savee Sea Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Gris or Chardonnay 7.88 $ each Tui 24 pack bottles 28.78 $ each Lots of other great brands on sale instore including Export Gold, Heineken, Stella Artois, Matua, Allan Scott, Banrock, Corbans, Saints, Aquilla, Country Casks, Jacobs Creek, Selaks. Steinlager Pure 12 pack bottles 19.98 $ each CHEERS BIG EARS It's beer and wine week! Morgan's Antarctic eco-expedition By RANDALL WALKER Isolated splendour: Marine biologist Bob Zuur in the Auckland Islands on a trip with the Department of Conservation, looking at the impacts of fishing in New Zealand including its southern waters. CONTINUED Page 8 A marine biologist and keen pho- tographer, Bob Zuur has travelled to many exotic places but says they don't get much more impress- ive than Antarctica where he heads next month as part of a New Zealand voyage aimed at raising the profile of Earth's southernmost continent. Anybody who's spent time down in Antarctica and the South- ern Ocean is changed forever by the experience and I certainly include myself in that category,'' says Mr Zuur, of Paekakariki. He still vividly recalls an experience as a student there about 30 years ago when he had to catch fish for his studies and dug a hole in the sea ice. Retrieving his trap in the middle of the night, in broad daylight, he remembers the silence and the beautiful colours, then the surprise when he heard the exhale of a seal popping up through his ice hole to take a breath, the pair staring at each other in surprise. It is moments like these, he says that make one realise how special the place is. So when economist Gareth Mor- gan advertised for people to join a voyage to Antarctica to highlight the importance of the region, par- ticularly its biodiversity, and the threats to it from climate change, fishing, tourism and mineral exploration, he jumped at the chance. Mr Morgan was inspired to bring attention to the region fol- lowing a trip to Antarctica in 2008. His voyage, Our Far South, aims to raise New Zealanders' awareness of the importance of the area between Stewart Island and the South Pole, he says. I want to highlight the reasons why this area is of such value and to outline the threats it is under and the opportunities it holds. The more aware New Zealand- ers are of these issues, the more likely our future governments are to make decisions that reflect an ongoing commitment to this region.'' Mr Morgan, who wrote Poles Apart, an appraisal of the science of climate change, has plans for further books from the trip. It will be Mr Zuur's first trip to Antarctica since he was a univer- sity student in the late 70s. A marine advocate for World Wildlife Fund, he is among the technical experts on the icebreaker ship, which will depart with about 50 people on board from Bluff on February 10. The month-long trip will stop at vari- ous islands on the way to Antarctica, and visit Scott Base if ice conditions allow. Mr Zuur said he was selected for his technical background. I did my honours project and spent three months in a tent studying fish growth at the south- ern end of McMurdo Sound. Subsequently I was involved through a number of different gov- ernment departments, most recently the Department of Con- servation, looking at the impacts of fishing in New Zealand and including our southern waters. As part of that we visited the Auck- land Islands, which is where there is a significant New Zealand sea lion population which is impacted by our squid fishery.'' He will be one of about 10 scientists on board, including Anton van Helden, the marine mammals curator at Te Papa, one of New Zealand's leading experts on marine mammals'', said Mr Zuur. The crew also includes publicity people, such as satirist and docu- mentary maker Te Radar and broadcaster Nick Tansley. Mr Zuur said he and the other technical people on board will be giving a series of presentations to enable people to better under- stand the issues facing the region, writing reports, taking photo- graphs and reporting back through blogs. They will highlight the area's biodiversity and beauty, and the threats it faces. And then the big debate will be on board as we return from those insights -- what should we as individuals . . . and New Zealand as a nation do to address those threats facing this very important area.'' The expedition has an official photographer with Antarctic experience, but Mr Zuur will also be taking photographs and hopes to stage an exhibition on his return. Mr Zuur says WWF has long had a programme in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean, the focus historically on over-exploitation of resources, fishing in particular, and the need to get sufficient mar- ine protection in the area.
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