Cat Davis and Damian Young from Morphum Environmental will discuss marine reserves in the context of the Big Blue Waitākere Report. Cat Davis is an environmental scientist and has a background covering aquaculture, fish biology, freshwater and marine ecology. She is passionate in promoting the sustainable management of the coastal and marine environment and is a strong advocate for marine reserves.
Damian Young is co-founder and the director of Geospatial and Environmental Services at Morphum. Damian began his career monitoring in the Manukau and Waitemata Harbours to capture the impact of urban runoff on the environment. Damian has a wealth of experience in catchment management, environmental engineering, water sensitive design and geospatial analysis.
Damian and Cat will be presenting topics from Big Blue Waitākere, a coastal and marine information report launched by the Waitākere Ranges Local Board in June 2018. It promotes the sustainable and adaptive management of the local coastal and marine environment, by collating existing information, identifying gaps and specific actions. Key topics that will be discussed are water quality, habitat diversity, sustainable fisheries and protecting threatened species.