The New Zealand Coastal Society was formed in 1992 to promote and advance knowledge and understanding of the coastal zone. It provides a forum for those with an interest in the coastal zone to communicate amongst themselves and to the public.
Marine scientists are proving they know that it takes good bait to catch a big audience. With topics such as The Rise of the Mullets, Are you an Alien? and Sex and the Seagrass, next week’s marine science conference in Wellington looks set to pull in the crowds.
In 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released an estimated 4.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico – the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. The spill caused widespread damage to marine species, fisheries and ecosystems stretching from tidal marshes to the deep ocean floor.