Science & Environment


Seafood is healthy and the world wants more. Too bad that most wild fisheries are overfished and collapsing. Over the last few dec­ades, aquaculture has begun to offer a solution to this difficulty, but it’s not a solution that wins universal acclaim. In New Zealand, the black floats that mark mussel farms (above)—our main form of aqua­culture—are often considered an eyesore and an impediment to our unfettered access to sea and shore. But while locals are apprehensive, government and the industry have an eye to expansion.



Mar - Apr 2007



Balleny Isles

Kelly Tarlton

Foveaux Strait




Balleny Islands; End of the line.

Confrontations between Japanese whalers and anti-whaling protesters in Antarctica’s Ross Sea have put the Balleny Islands in the news lately. It is a spotlight to which they are unaccustomed. Fewer than 30 landings have been made on these remotest islands in the 168 years since they were discovered. These are not the kind of islands on which celebrity Survivor television is made (unfortunately). Far, far to the south of our subantarctic islands, they constitute 400 square kilometres of rock and ice cocooned in gales, freezing ocean and icebergs.


Kelly Tarlton

Although he is best remembered for the Underwater World on Auckland's waterfront which still carries his name 22 years after his death, that project was just the last in a life brimming with adventure, discovery, originality and zest.

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