Kōura Museum


Marine Conservation Fine Art PrintKōura Museum

This print is inspired by Kōura, (Crayfish) and is about the functional extinction of crayfish in the Hauraki Gulf due to overfishing. Without these predators, kina are thriving and eating the kelp forest, reducing reef productivity. The heightened museum catalogue image, or black board teaching, imagines an extinct list…but we can change this. Mana whenua on Waiheke island have recently placed a two-year rāhui on the island in a bid to stop four species of kaimoana from collapsing. In addition to crayfish, other species not allowed to be taken include scallops, mussels and pāua. A crayfish count with volunteer divers is about to take place to find out if stocks are growing again. More marine reserves need to be put in place and limits on catching species extended. However, the rāhui is a great move forward.  (In Māori culture, a rāhui is a sacred practice that follows the basic philosophy of protecting through prohibition. It is imposed by a local tribe (iwi) to temporarily ban the harvesting of essential resources in the forest, land or sea so that the area in question can naturally restore itself.)

Fine Art Print on ‘Soft White Etching Decor’ paper (Printed with 2cm white border)

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The following art prints for sale are a response to the declining state of the Hauraki Gulf, Aotearoa due to over fishing, marine pollution and climate change but also a celebration of the ocean and the wonderful creatures that inhabit it .

20% of proceeds from the sale of each print will go, through the Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust www.haurakigulfconservation.org to the Waiheke Marine Project www.waihekemarineproject.org

The project is an initiative fully driven in partnership by mana whenua and the Waiheke community to protect and regenerate Waiheke Island’s marine environment.


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