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Estuarine vegetation survey - Wharekawa Harbour

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Report: TR 2008/40
Author: Meg Graeme (Natural Solutions - Marine and Terrestrial Ecologists Ltd)


A 1997 pilot study of Whangamata, Wharekawa, and Otahu estuaries determined that it is feasible to map vascular estuarine vegetation from aerial photography together with field surveys.  The success of this work encouraged Environment Waikato to continue with this method.  The estuarine vegetation of Tairua, Coromandel, Te Kouma, Manaia, Whitianga, Port Waikato, Raglan, Aotea, Kawhia harbours and the inner Firth of Thames have since been surveyed and mapped.   Of these harbours, Whangamata and Otahu have recently been re-surveyed to determine changes in vegetation communities over time.

The mapped vegetation is in the Coastal Marine Area (CMA) and includes the spatial cover of mangrove, seagrass, sea meadow, and saltmarsh communities.  The results of the surveys are included in Environment Waikato’s Global Information System (GIS) database, and are used for State of the Environment investigations and assessing consent applications that may affect estuarine vegetation.

This report details the results from a re-survey of estuarine vegetation in Wharekawa Harbour.  Comments are included on the threats to estuarine vegetation, and other field notes of interest.  This report is accompanied by aerial maps of the survey site with digitised vegetation community overlays. 

Estuarine vegetation survey - Wharekawa Harbour
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Table of contents

  Estuarine Vegetation Survey 1
  Wharekawa Harbour 1
1 Introduction 1
2 Methodology 1
2.1 Wetland vegetation classification 1
3 Field notes 3
3.1 Summary 3
3.2 Site descriptions 6
3.3 Threats 27
3.4 Birds 28
  Recommended action points/discussion 29
  Bibliography 31
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