Thousands of TONS of shellfish have died off during past few years in Whangarei Harbour, New Zealand

The volume of pipis on Mair Bank has slumped from 10,000 tonnes to less than 100 tonnes. Photo / Thinkstock

An alarming report is coming out of New Zealand indicating a massive pipi bed in Whangarei harbour is dying generating fears that the change could destabilise the harbour – and Marsden Point itself, Radio NZ reports. The volume of pipis on Mair Bank has slumped from 10,000 tonnes to less than 100 tonnes, sparking fears the massive sandbank, which protects the harbour entrance, will disappear. The sandbank, shaped similar to a shark’s tooth, lies just off Marsden Point. Locals previously waded out at low tide to scoop up the daily limit of 150 of the shellfish in a couple of minutes. But no more. FULL REPORT