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. We 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

The document Application Guidelines has information on making an application, including the assessment criteria. If you have any questions, email

Funded projects from previous rounds

No. Project title Council APF grant Total budget
12/01 Sea Change: Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan [PDF, 131 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, 68 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

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