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Published on : Friday, November 18, 2016
The huge earthquake that struck New Zealand this week has resulted in lifting of the seabed around the South Island town of Kaikoura by several meters. This has put the local fishing industry and whale watching tourist operation at risk. The Ministry for Primary Industries has said that shellfish delicacies like abalone and lobster, which live on submerged rocks and reefs, have been pushed out of the sea due to the quake and will need to be relocated. Boats are now mostly stranded in the marina due to reduced depth of water.
The raised seabed is now a concern for Kaikoura, since it relies on tourism and fisheries for economic survival. This picturesque town is now struggling to recover from the huge landslides over the coastal roads and railway tracks due to the earthquake that will take months to reconstruct. The town will undoubtedly face a slump in both domestic and international visitor arrivals in the days to come. Now tour operators in Kaikoura are concerned about tourist arrivals with the busy summer season coming soon. Government officials are working with the Kaikoura community to rebuild the fisheries. Recovery of everything can take more than a year.