A harbour development in Ōpōtiki will support the emergence of a new aquaculture region for New Zealand, creating meaningful jobs and supporting a vibrant local community.
Aquaculture New Zealand has welcomed government plans to invest $79.4 million, announced today by Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones, to build critical harbour infrastructure that will enable the burgeoning Bay of Plenty aquaculture industry to operate out of Ōpōtiki.
“This is a game changer for the local aquaculture industry,” said Aquaculture New Zealand CEO Gary Hooper.
“With strong iwi involvement, Whakatōhea Mussels has successfully pioneered the technology and systems required to farm mussels in the open ocean off Ōpōtiki.
“At present Whakatōhea Mussels services its farm with vessels operating out of Whakatāne.
“The new harbour development will significantly reduce the travelling time, and operating costs and streamline sustainable growth.
“It will also enable them to land mussels directly in Ōpōtiki and pave the way for a local processing facility which will potentially create hundreds of much needed local jobs and underpin long-term, sustainable development in the region.”
See Minister Jones’ annoucement here: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/%C5%8Dp%C5%8Dtiki-harbour-finally-gets-green-light