... almost finally ... for all you divers out there

Wednesday 29 Nov 2017

Look at this - seriously ... the starfish/paua theory.

A paua diver claims he has accidentally discovered a way to make the shellfish delicacy spawn during harvest and boost paua numbers significantly.

Phil Walker fishes commercially in what is known as Area 7, stretching from Kahurangi Point on the West Coast to Clarence River on the east.

Walker said his daughter asked him about three years ago to bring a starfish home for her to take to school. The diver said when he put the starfish in with his paua catch, clouds of spawn were released.

"The starfish seemed to stress the paua, and they released the spawn," Walker said. "I've been doing it for more than three years now and I'm seeing much bigger stocks coming away in those areas.

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