November 12, 2012
Northland iwi join industry fish farming push
The new chair of the Northland Aquaculture Development Group says the involvement of iwi is vital to the expansion of marine farming.
Alan Pivac, who is also the Whangarei-based chief executive of Ngati Whatua, says the group has identified the potential to create 700 new jobs in the region.
He says iwi are working with companies, government agencies and research institutes on opportunities such as farming finfish, oyster, greenshell mussel, freshwater and paua.
“It’s a whole of industry approach but I think iwi are a fairly important part of that development. I don’t think there is any regional development in the country that can do without Maori participation, not successfully anyway,” Mr Pivac says.
One of the most promising ideas is a scheme to farm yellowtail kingfish.
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