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Assessment of the fish and invertebrate communities associated with gas platforms off the northwest coast of New Zealand

Project Member(s): Booth, D., Fowler, A.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Shell Taranaki Ltd (Shell TODD New Zealand)

Start year: 2014

Summary: Given our experience, the Decommissioning Ecology Group is in an excellent position to advance STOS┬┐s understanding of the environmental role of its gas platforms. We propose to investigate the biological communities currently associated with platforms operated by STOS using video footage collected by remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Our specific objectives are to: 1) Determine the biodiversity value of the platforms, and how diversity varies with platform location and depth. 2) Assess fisheries potential: Quantify the biomass of fishery-important species currently associated with the platforms. 3) Assess bioinvasive potential: Identify any exotic and invasive species currently inhabiting the platforms. These objectives depend on the availability of video data, and will be reassessed following Phase 1 of the project

FOR Codes: Environmental Monitoring, Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments