|Title||Hutt Estuary: Broad scale subtidal habitat mapping 2015/16|
|Date published||1 June 2016|
|GWRC Publication No||Report prepared by Wriggle Coastal Management for GWRC|
|Abstract||This report presents the findings of habitat mapping undertaken throughout the Hutt Estuary in January 2016. This mapping exercise documents the key habitats and substrate types within the estuary with a view to monitoring the changes to their areal extent over time. Results of the 2016 mapping indicate there is a high risk of adverse impacts to the estuary ecology due to loss of important habitats such as saltmarsh and a degraded subtidal habitat.
Keywords: Hutt Estuary, sediment, substrate, macroalgae, grain size, mud content, sediment oxygenation, environmental monitoring
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