Coastal Restoration Trust of New Zealand

Coastal Dune Ecosystem Reference Database

Sources of marine pollution around New Zealand. Technical Report

Ridgway, N.M and Glasby, G.P.
Journal / Source
NZOI Oceanographic summary. New Zealand Oceanographic Institute.
21 pp.
Contaminants, metals, chemistry
The level of marine pollution around New Zealand is low relative to that encountered around other countries, particularly industrialised nations of the northern hemisphere. There is evidence of pollution in some semi-enclosed coastal waters (E.g. sounds, estuaries, harbours), particularly those close to urban centres where point discharges of municipal sewage and industrial effluent occur. Agricultural runoff is also an important pollutant but oil spillages and radioactive wast disposal constitute minor problem at present.
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