A 30ha mussel spat farm approximately 1.6km from the coast between Whauwhau Beach and Matapaua Bay in Mercury Bay is on the cards. If it eventuates, it would be the first large-scale commercial aquaculture operation on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. Ngati Hei has lodged a resource consent application with the Waikato Regional Council. Read more here about the application, and what the applicants and others have to say about it.
PICTURED: Proposed Spat Farm (image from The Mercury Bay Informer)
Mussel spat farm proposed in Mercury Bay
By Katina Conomos . Image credit Mercury Bay Informer. 2019 june