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Bay of Plenty Regional Aquaculture Group update


Aquaculture in Te-Moana-a-Toi has undergone significant transformation over the past decade and that growth is tipped to continue with the guidance of the newly registered Bay of Plenty Aquaculture Group Incorporated.

A Bay of Plenty Aquaculture Strategy and subsequent Regional Aquaculture Organisation (RAO) was first established in 2009 to lead regional aquaculture economic growth through collaborative stakeholder representation.

The RAO operated for more than a decade under the Bay of Connections banner, advocating, leading, and supporting the aspirations of stakeholders in the sector.

Over the past year, the RAO has gone through a transitional phase toward an alternative representative structure for aquaculture in the Bay of Plenty.

This included formation of the Bay of Plenty Aquaculture Group Inc and associated management committee, made up of Peter Vitasovich, Professor Chris Battershill, Dickie Farrar, Graeme Coates and Dr Haydn Read, with the support of Dean Howie.

The committee elected Graeme Coates (Aquaculture Direct) as Chairman and he is now tasked with setting up the new organisation.

Since meeting as an unincorporated entity in June, the management committee has completed a number of key administration tasks needed to anchor the organisation and put it in the best position to service the industry.

This included establishing a vision statement which will be used to inform future strategic planning: “To lead and support an integrated and sustainable aquaculture industry in Te Moana a Toi – Bay of Plenty where opportunities drive innovation and success.”

Due to COVID travel restrictions, the group had to reschedule its inaugural meeting to this week, with those living locally able to attend at Whakatōhea Mussels, in Ōpōtiki, and those unable to travel joining online.

The group is now accepting membership requests. Membership is open to iwi, companies, organisations, and individuals with a vested interest in sustainable aquaculture in the Bay of Plenty.

Those wishing to receive a membership application can email

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Monday, November 15, 2021

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