Maritime Museum Talk: Forecasting contamination

Tasman and Golden Bay. Credit: Ben Knight

Watch recordings of our second NZ Maritime Museum breakfast talk on 19 August 2019. Ben Knight and Lincoln Mackenzie spoke about their research on forecasting and detecting marine contamination and harmful algal blooms.

New Zealand 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.

Near real-time forecasting of contamination

Ben Knight (Cawthron Institute) described a forecasting tool that provides a real-time ‘weather map’ prediction of bacteria in the sea.

Sensing algal blooms in the sea

Lincoln Mackenzie (Cawthron Institute) discussed two innovative simple, cost-effective and sensitive tests for early detection of harmful algal blooms (HABs). These tests can be used by public health agencies, the aquaculture industry and communities.

Lincoln Mackenzie (Cawthron Institute) discusses new tools for sensing harmful algal blooms in the sea. 

Question and Answer session

Upcoming event

Our next breakfast talk at the NZ Maritime Museum is Empowering Kaitiaki on Monday 23 September with Caine Taiapa, Regan Fairlie and Reon Tuanau. 

Registration is free, but bookings are required.

Date posted: 17/09/2019

News type: News

Programme type: Valuable Seas Vision Mātauranga Tangaroa Our Seas Managed Seas Dynamic Seas

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