Despite the claims of RFC Gareth Hughes, The Green party, labour and the Greenpeace that the “pristine” environment around the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga was destroyed forever the opposite is actually true.
The Bay of Plenty Times reports:
A comprehensive monitoring report into the effects of oil pollution from the grounding of the MV Rena on Astrolabe Reef in 2011 shows few long-lasting impacts on Bay of Plenty maritime habitats.
However the environment has not yet returned to its ‘pre-Rena state’, the report, released at 11am, says.
The 460 page report covers the first two years of ongoing survey and research work, details one of the most comprehensive, multi-disciplinary studies ever undertaken in response to a marine pollution incident. Read more »