08/31/2010 - On August 30 and 31, the Pew Environment Group's Global Ocean Legacy project and New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, co-hosted DEEP: The Kermadec Region -- A Crossroads of Diversity in Wellington, New Zealand. In celebration of the UN International Year of Biodiversity, the symposium highlighted the work of scientists who are focusing on New Zealand’s Kermadec region and its frontiers of air, water and land.
The vast Kermadec region is the final frontier for many scientists—a place where first time exploration and new discoveries are a signature of scientific research. This spectacular ocean wilderness—the only place in New Zealand waters where tropical and temperate species mix—has been nominated for World Heritage status by the New Zealand Government.
As Global Ocean Legacy director Jay Nelson told Television New Zealand during the symposium, "The most exciting part is that there are new species of fish being found there every two weeks … There's an enormous biodiversity of sea life that you don't find in most places in the world. Not only are the species new, but many of these species occur only in the Kermadec region, which is really phenomenal."
More information about the symposium and the Kermadec region is available at www.thekermadecs.org.
• The Marlborough Express
• TVNZ [Television New Zealand]