At a public consultation in Titikaveka last week, there was backlash to government’s plan to issue foreign companies five-year licences to explore the Cook Islands’ seabed.
Discussions and field trips involving the biological control of economically and environmentally important weeds in the Cook Islands, were held at the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday and Thursday.
A Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) maritime surveillance aircraft has been based at Rarotonga International Airport for a week, flying patrols in the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone.
Extensive environmental investigations into the state of Muri Lagoon by the Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai project team have confirmed that nutrients from on-site wastewater systems are harming the sensitive Muri Lagoon environment.
Alan Friedlander is currently chief scientist for National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project, an initiative that focusses on marine protection and raising awareness about why it’s necessary. The project is National Geographic’s largest initiative dedicated to environmental preservation. Friedlander has produced more than 100 scientific publications, 25 book chapters, 10 documentaries, and numerous articles that have been influential in his field. He currently heads the Fisheries Ecology Research Lab at the University of Hawaii.
The public access restriction caused by Te Mato Vai Stage 2 water intake upgrade work has been lifted on the Papua intake, waterfall site and Papua end of the cross-island walk in Vaimaanga.