Maritime Museum Breakfast Talk: Safer aquaculture and beaches

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Contaminants flow out to sea

Our coasts are at the ‘end of the pipe’ for discharge from local rivers and streams, so seawater quality is sometimes compromised by bacteria from land-based activities. This can affect the revenue of shellfish growing areas and close local beaches to public use.

This breakfast talk will explore a forecasting tool developed by project lead Ben Knight and national experts from Cawthron Institute, NIWA & MetOcean Solutions Ltd, which provides a real-time ‘weather map’ prediction of bacteria in the sea.

Coastal communities benefit from more accurate and timely forecasting because it helps to ensure that beaches are not closed when bacterial levels are within safe limits and shellfish harvesting is not unnecessarily delayed.

This event is free, but registration is required.

Light breakfast/morning tea provided.

About the speaker

Ben Knight is a marine biophysical scientist with over 10 years’ research and consulting experience in coastal systems in New Zealand and Europe. His primary area of expertise is the development and application of modelling and remote sensing tools to help manage coastal and marine resources in a sustainable way. Ben loves finding interesting solutions to complex problems, and making them accessible to help people’s understanding of system dynamics and uncertainties. He leads the Forecasting contamination risk for shellfish harvest and beach use project

Previous events

This is the second event in a breakfast talk series in partnership with the NZ Maritime Museum. The first talk explored Aotearoa's blue economy.


The Learning Space, NZ Maritime Museum

Start date
Mon, 08/19/2019 - 09:00

Programme type: Cross-programme Engagement Valuable Seas Managed Seas