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Mussels

Mussels are bivalve molluscs. New Zealand has 22 species of mussel including the blue mussel (kuku), little black mussel (hauea) and the ribbed mussel (pukanikani). Depending on the species ...

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Life of a green-lipped mussel

Green-lipped mussels are endemic to New Zealand. They make their home on rocks and solid surfaces around New Zealand’s coastline. Mussel life cycle During its life cycle, the green-lipped mussel ...

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New Zealand’s green-lipped mussel industry

Green-lipped mussels are New Zealand’s major aquaculture species. Explore how green-lipped mussels are farmed in New Zealand, the way that the industry has developed and the challenges that ...

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Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge

The sea is our taonga. Our connections to it are strong. More than 75% of New Zealanders live within 10 km of the coast, and the sea is an important part of our Kiwi lifestyle – whether we use it ...

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Farming green-lipped mussels – introduction

Green-lipped mussels (kūtai, Perna canaliculus) are endemic to New Zealand. Discover how these mussels are farmed, and how a tiny parasitic crab affects the mussel industry. New Zealand’s unique ...

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Extracting bioactives from mussels

Maclab is a successful biotechnology company that extracts bioactives from New Zealand green-lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus) for the biopharmaceutical industry. The company has a strong ...

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Fisheries in New Zealand – timeline

Fishing is a very important industry in New Zealand, and we have one of the largest territorial waters in the world. This timeline provides a look at some of the historical aspects of fisheries ...

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Investigating the native sea cucumber for export

Iwi and marine biologists are curious to know whether the New Zealand native sea cucumber can become a valuable export product while also reducing the environmental impact of aquaculture ...

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Identifying marine stressors

Marine stressors can come from natural, unexpected events such as erosion from an earthquake or slip, but many stressors are linked to human activities. Most marine ecosystems are resilient, but ...

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Testing how pea crabs affect mussel farming

New Zealand pea crabs are known to damage the green-lipped mussels they live in, but what impact do they have on mussel farming in New Zealand? Oliver Trottier (a PhD student at Leigh Marine ...

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Investigating how pea crabs affect supermarket mussels

In this activity, students observe green-lipped mussels to determine the impact of pea crab infestation on their size and weight. Purpose This activity will enable students to identify key ...

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Similarities and differences: wild and farmed ...

In this activity, students use a paper-based Venn diagram to illustrate the key similarities and differences between how wild and farmed green-lipped mussels live. Purpose This activity will help ...

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Dynamic Seas

The seas surrounding New Zealand are complex. They are a connected and dynamic mix of chemical, physical and biological processes. The sheer size of the ocean and the complexity of interactions ...

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