August 15, 2016
Dune revival front window for paua farm
Maori owned fishing company Moana is taking the lead in restoring sand dunes in front of its commercial paua farm at Bream Bay.
Scientist Lynette Suvalko says the dunes play a huge role in maintaining coastal water quality, as well as protecting the land.
While they are owned by the Crown and managed by the Department of Conservation, Moana also involved Northland Regional Council’s environmental assets division and local iwi Patuharakeke in a plan for restoration and to improve biodiversity.
This includes cultivating and planting native species and weeding out exotic species to create an environment that is more hospitable for species such as the endangered fairy tern.
Moana is also seeking Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification for its blue abalone, which is grown in part of the National Institute for Water and Atmosphere’s Bream Bay aquaculture park.
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