The National Aquarium has a long-standing reputation for collecting techniques, handling and treatment, and superb water quality and filtration, meaning the aquarium works closely with scientists as a monitoring and research centre.
The National Aquarium of New Zealand has been involved in many research programmes, both national and international in scale. Some of these are historic in nature while others have only come online since the new aquarium was opened early in 2002.
First aquarium to hatch a turtle egg (1975).
Researched Orange Roughy stocks to determine sustainability of fishery and successfully brought a fish to the surface alive, from a depth of 1000m.
In association with DOC, Victoria and Otago universities, is involved with Tuatara recovery programmes.
The National Aquarium has the world’s oldest living Tuatara to be hatched in captivity (hatched 1980).
The animals in the National Aquarium are part of a nationwide data base for genetic diversity.
Tuatara research to measure stress levels – Dr Alison Cree.
Kahawai studies to discover effect of ageing on fish – Dr Bob Gauldie.
Research on the effects of tagging fish to determine guidelines for other species – Glenn Davidson.
Coronary work on Kingfish, comparing with Trout, Tuna, Kahawai, Marlin – Dr Peter Davies.
Worldwide reputation for ability to keep animals in captivity with species living way beyond normal life span.
In conjunction with NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) carried out Snapper breeding in captivity, which resulted in a private industry programme of breeding Snapper for release back into the wild to restock fishery.
Short-tailed stingray research assistance with Waikato University
The National Aquarium is a member of the Zoo & Aquaria Association (ZAA).
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