By Tony Shaw
On Sunday 1 December, the Guardians of the Pauatahanui Inlet will hold their 8th triennial survey of the cockle population of the Pauatahanui Inlet. Cockles form a large part of the Inlet marine fauna and monitoring the strength of the population is an important tool for assessing the ecological health of the Inlet. Their programme is recognised as a prime activity in the Porirua Harbour Strategy and Action Plan, both for the information it provides and for the opportunity it provides for the community to be actively involved in implementation of the Strategy. You can read more about the work of the Guardians here.
Tony Shaw, Chair of the Guardians, says that they need to recruit about 100 volunteers on the day to run the survey. They are advertising the survey as widely as possible in the community and would like your help to spread the word. No training is necessary and instructions will be given.
You can help by sending the attached information sheet to as many people as possible. Cockle Survey Flyer 2013