Aquaculture Planning Fund
Information about the fund, which was set up to boost aquaculture developments.
A helping hand for regional councils
The Government set up the Aquaculture Planning Fund (APF) to help the aquaculture industry achieve its goal of $1 billion in sales by 2025. The fund helps regional councils with the costs of coastal planning for aquaculture developments.
Aquaculture is the raising of plants or animals in water. It can occur in coastal waters, rivers, lakes, and in constructed tanks on land.
The fund supports improvements to regional coastal plans that deal with:
- the allocation of space
- the creation of zones for new consent applications
- provisions for new species
- provisions to do with environmental impacts
- research on information and advice that supports decision-making and improves reconsenting provisions and processes.
All applications are assessed by an independent panel, which recommends which applications should be funded. MPI then makes a decision on the panel’s recommendations.
Applying for funding
Councils can apply for funding at any time throughout the year. Applications must be made on the form below and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The document Application Guidelines has information on making an application, including the assessment criteria. If you have any questions, email email@example.com.
- APF framework and funding criteria [PDF, 171 KB]
- Applicant Guidelines [PDF, 512 KB]
- Application form [DOCX, 220 KB]
- Application budget template [XLSX, 28 KB]
Funded projects from previous rounds
|No.||Project title||Council||APF grant||Total budget|
|12/01||Sea Change: Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan [PDF, 53 KB]||Waikato Regional Council||$550,000||$2,512,000|
|12/03||Marine Management Model [PDF, 57 KB]||Waikato Regional Council||$250,000||$550,000|
|12/04||Guidance for Aquaculture Monitoring in the Waikato Region [PDF, 54 KB]||Waikato Regional Council||$90,000||$180,000|
|13/01||Marlborough Sounds Hydrodynamic and Ecological Modelling [PDF, 58 KB]||Marlborough District Council||$210,916||$421,832|
|13/02||Aquaculture Zoning in the Southland Region [PDF, 70 KB]||Southland Regional Council||$25,000||$50,000|
Who to contact
If you have questions about the fund, email firstname.lastname@example.org.