Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Maps will help decide future of aquaculture

MEDIA RELEASE


Maps will help decide future of aquaculture

For immediate release: Monday 7 November 2005

Where do whales swim? What are the Bay of Plenty’s main coastal shipping routes? Which places along our coast have special ecological values?

Soon, all will be revealed in new maps that, for the first time, will provide a detailed picture of what’s going on in the Bay of Plenty’s coastal waters.

The maps are part of a major, long-term project by Environment Bay of Plenty to decide the future of aquaculture in the region. One strand of the project involves mapping activities, uses and values that make certain areas unsuitable for marine farms. These include commercial navigation routes, fishing areas, sites of significance to tangata whenua, travel pathways for whales and other mammals, and sites of ecological value.

“With these maps, we are trying to build up a picture of the entire offshore area,” says Environment Bay of Plenty senior environmental planner Aileen Lawrie. “We don’t want to allow marine farming in the wrong places so it’s important we have a really good idea of what’s happening out there.”

Over the past year, staff have worked closely with groups such as fishing companies and iwi to define areas not suitable for marine farming. Now, they want to make a final check they have not missed anything.

They will do this by taking the draft maps to public workshops in Maketu, Opotiki, Whakatane, and Tauranga later in November. “Residents can help by attending the meetings, checking the draft maps, and giving their valuable input.”

The Government has asked regional councils to create aquaculture management areas, or zones suitable for marine farms. Marine farming will be prohibited outside these areas.

For Environment Bay of Plenty, mapping the offshore area is only part of the story. “It works out where aquaculture can go,” Ms Lawrie says. Other research will answer the question of how much aquaculture Bay of Plenty waters can sustain without affecting the local ecology or kaimoana.

The mapping project should be completed by the end of this year, with the science project by March 2006. You can check the draft maps at Environment Bay of Plenty offices and public libraries. They will be posted on the Coast sections of the council’s website.

Marine farming is a fast-growing and lucrative industry in New Zealand. The Aquaculture Council predicts export earnings will exceed $1 billion by 2020.

The workshops will be held in the following places.
Maketu Maketu Fire Station Social Room, Monday 21 November, 6:30pm
Opotiki Opotiki District Council council chambers, Tuesday 22 November, 6:30pm
Whakatane Whakatane War Memorial Hall, Wednesday 23 November, 6:30pm
Tauranga Mount Manganui Cosmopolitan Club, Thursday 24 November, 6:30pm

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Finding A Model To Replace The Monarchy


One feels reluctant to pre-empt the verdict of history, but maybe we need to have a Plan B in mind just in case the reign of King Charles III turns out badly. With that possibility in mind, are there any other countries that do a reasonably good job of electing their ceremonial head of state? There is no perfect model for New Zealand to follow but - arguably - Ireland has made a pretty good fist of it over the past 70 years or so. Ireland has roughly the same population as New Zealand, so the pool of talent is similar in size...
More>>



Alastair Thompson: Are There TPLF Ethiopia Insurgency Training & Support Operations in Uganda?


Mystery Document Alleges:
Covert Operation has US/Egypt Support
Operations Coordinated between South Sudan, TPLF and Uganda
Planning began December 2021...

More>>




 
 

Australia-NZ Leadership Forum: Prime Minister And Ministers Attend
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will lead New Zealand’s Ministerial delegation to the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum (ANZLF) in Sydney today, following a successful trade mission... More>>

Government: Welcomes Climate Change Commission Advice On Agricultural Pricing System
The Government has welcomed advice from the Climate Change Commission assessing readiness in the agricultural sector for an emissions pricing system... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Action To Tackle Delays In Family Court
New legislation aimed at tackling delays in the family justice system, will help improve the wellbeing of thousands of children caught up in Family Court disputes every year, Justice Minister Kiri Allan says... More>>



Government: New Air Pollution Report Shows Importance Of Action On Emissions

A new report released today on the health effects of air pollution shows the Government’s focus on reducing emissions will save lives... More>>


Economy: Financial Statements Of The Government Of New Zealand
Please note the next Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand to be released will be for the full year ended 30 June 2022. It is anticipated that these will be released in early October 2022... More>>



Government: New Era For Better Health In Aotearoa New Zealand

The Government has today delivered a nationwide health system that will ensure better outcomes for all New Zealanders with the establishment of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels