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A voyage to the Kermadec Islands by the NIWA research vessel Tangaroa has resulted in the discovery of many species either new to science or not previously found in the area.

The survey recorded 236 fish species including three likely to be new to science and there could be many more when formal identification takes place in New Zealand.

The dive team operated shallow dives from Tangaroa on the inter-tidal reef communities of several of the islands and rocks on the Kermadec Ridge.  And also down to 3000 metres where an underwater camera was towed several metres above the seafloor to avoid disturbing habitats

The work will significantly improve understanding of the biodiversity and ecosystems in the region.  The agencies that participated in the voyage include NIWA, Auckland Museum, DOC, University of Auckland, Massey University, the Pew Charitable Trusts and Te Papa Tongarewa.


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