marine farm

From July-December 2014, six Roundtables gathered information and reported back to the Stakeholder Working Group (SWG).

The Aquaculture in the Gulf Roundtable aimed to

  • determine the role and needs of aquaculture in the Gulf, including impacts and benefits.

This Roundtable's findings presented to the SWG can be viewed below. Please sign up for our monthly newsletters to stay in the loop.


SWG members Callum McCallum and Katrina Goddard (co-chairs), Alan Proctor, Laurie Beamish, Joe Davis, Raewyn Peart and Dirk Sieling were members of the Aquaculture Roundtable, along with other invited participants with knowledge and expertise in aquaculture, island communities, commercial fishing, iwi interests, yachting, and environmental groups.

Callum McCallum Roundtable co-chair/SWG
Laurie Beamish Roundtable co-chair/SWG
Alan Proctor SWG
Katrina Goddard SWG
Joe Davis SWG
Raewyn Peart SWG
Dirk Sieling SWG
Laws Lawson Commercial fishing & iwi interests
Gary Hooper Aquaculture industry
Andrew Selby Aquaculture industry
James Hendra Revive Our Gulf
Harry Mikaere Iwi
Hamish Hey Yachting
Keith Woodley Environmental interests
Baz Weeber Environmental interests


The Aquaculture Roundtable was also advised by experts including:

  • scientists from NIWA (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research)
  • researchers from the Cawthron Institute
  • an advisor with matauranga Maori expertise.

 Technical reports

Technical reports to the Aquaculture Roundtable are loaded below.

Document titleType
 Technical report 1 - collation of background information PDF [2MB]
 Technical report 2 - synthesis of issues and options PDF [1MB]


 Advisor presentations to the Aquaculture Roundtable are loaded below.

MonthDocument titleAuthorType
February 2015 Aquaculture roundtable handover Aquaculture Roundtable PDF [1MB]
November 2014 Brief overview of Coromandel Marine Farming Zone Paul Creswell, Fisheries Advisor, Ministry for Primary Industries PDF [883KB]
  Allocation of marine space Graeme Silver, Senior Policy Advisor, Waikato Regional Council PDF [635KB]
 October 2014 Benefits of aquaculture in the Hauraki Gulf Gary Hooper, CEO, Aquaculture New Zealand PDF [5MB]
  Impact of aquaculture on recreational boating Hamish Hey, Regional Support Officer, Yachting New Zealand PDF [1MB]
  Effects of marine farming on landscape and natural character James Bentley, Principal Landscape Planner, Boffa Miskell PDF [2MB]
September 2014 Effect of aquaculture in the Hauraki Gulf Dr Rich Ford, Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry for Primary Industries PDF [2MB]
  Management of marine farming Graeme Silver, Senior Policy Advisor, Waikato Regional Council PDF [3MB]
  Aquaculture monitoring Hilke Giles, Team Leader Coast Lands and Wetlands, Waikato Regional Council PDF [3MB]
  Effects of aquaculture - another perspective Barry Weeber, Marine Environmental Researcher, Environment and Conservation Organisations PDF [3MB]
  Revive our gulf - restoration of historical mussel beds Dr Shane Kelly, Director, Coast and Catchments Ltd PDF [2MB]
August 2014 Iwi Māori aquaculture in the Hauraki Gulf Laws Lawson, Chief Advisor, Te Ohu Kai Moana  
  Snapshot of aquaculture in the Hauraki Gulf - Tikapa Moana  Paul Creswell, Fisheries Advisor, Ministry for Primary Industries PDF [2MB]
  Marine farms in the gulf

 Graeme Silver, Senior Policy Advisor, Waikato Regional Council