Te Papa fish scientists leaving soon for the lost world: survey to the Kermadec Islands

The Kermadec Islands’ are the most isolated piece of rock that New Zealand has, some 1,000km North of Tauranga, right in the middle of very deep oceans. The isolation, recent geological origin and predominantly subtropical marine flora and fauna make them unique both nationally and internationally. I often imagine the Kermadec as one of the last untouched area on the planet.

Many species found at the Kermadecs do not occur on mainland New Zealand. The limited sampling to date has discovered that almost every major taxonomic group studied so far, with the exception of the algae and corals, has one or more species endemic to the islands.

On Wednesday, I am leaving with a team of Te Papa scientists to work on the fish fauna of this fantastic location. It’s going to be a three long days trip steaming to Raoul Island, the main island of the Kermadec. Then, we will mostly do video and collecting work, deploying systems from the shallow and colourful 50m depth zone, to the dark deep-sea waters beyond 1500m where no light penetrates. It is a very exciting time and I expect lots of new discoveries out of this survey. Hopefully, I will be able to share them with you with the help of satellite communication. Thank you technology!

More to come later…


Boat and gear
Our Boat heavily loaded with gear during our previous survey off Kaikoura.

More about the Fish Team and our projects, including links to videos

3 Responses

  1. zintzen anne et philippe

    C’est juste pour mon site qui est le plus beau des sites photos. Na .

  2. zintzen anne et philippe

    Bon avez -vous prévu des plombs pour descendre aussi bas parce que ,sinon, vous allez en chier pour atteindre plus de 30m de fonds. Moi-même, en mer Rouge, il me faut 10 kilos pour à peine couler !!!
    Allez good luck quand même,dear son.

  3. jm

    Go fish-team!! It must be amazing to go to such a remote location! It makes me wonder why I did not become a scientist. Good luck with the trip and with the three day journey (!!). I hope some new discoveries will be made. And I am very looking forward to seeing some footage… after all, we are talking about the Kermadecs.


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