Evaluating management procedures and development of a Harvest Control Rule for BCO 5
Project start: 1 March 2021
Project completed: 29 June 2021
MPI funding: $32,000
Industry funding: $48,000
Industry partners: BCO 5 Association Inc
This project modelled various harvest strategies for commercial blue cod in Southland – BCO5. A harvest control rule was developed that allows for annual changes to the BCO5 Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC). The modelling showed that this provides better sustainability than fixed-harvest TACC settings. The new BCO5 harvest control rule is ready to go out for consultation in 2022.
Te Moana-a-Toi Aquaculture: Business Case for Nga Iwi Te Rohe o Te Waiariki
Project start: 1 February 2021
Project completed: 29 November 2021
MPI funding: $546,000
Industry funding: $230,400
Industry partners: Te Kotahitanga O Te Arawa Waka Fisheries Trust Board
Region: Bay of Plenty
This project developed a set of models and business cases to inform potential iwi investment in aquaculture in the Bay of Plenty. It successfully promoted growth in the region and the aquaculture industry, and contributed to establishing processes and technologies that could be transferred to other regions and industries.
Transforming mussel waste into valuable product
Project start: 17 November 2020
Project completed: August 2021
MPI funding: $313,000
Industry funding: $471,000
Industry partner: Environmental Decontamination (NZ) Limited
Currently, mussel shell waste is sent to landfill at a cost to both producers and the environment. This project assessed the potential of an innovative mechanochemical technology to transform mussel shells into calcium carbonate products for use across industry sectors.
Mussel float attachment project
Project start: 21 December 2020
Project completed: 10 August 2021
MPI funding: $72,500
Industry funding: $72,200
Industry partner: S&S Development (2020) Limited
This project has developed a float attachment system for longline mussel farming. This system will withstand the rough conditions of open water without float loss and completely eliminate the use of plastic rope for attachment, which currently is being lost at sea.
Commercial seaweed aquaculture to reduce agricultural methane emissions
Project start: 5 November 2019
Project completed: 9 December 2020
MPI funding: $100,000
Industry funding: $150,000
Industry partner: Cawthron Institute
This project aimed to substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions through a seaweed-based cattle feed supplement. Cawthron Institute is continuing to research the lifecycle of Asparagopsis seaweed to inform the development of an early proof-of-concept of the production systems needed to develop the feed supplement at pilot-scale.
Building a resilient future for New Zealand oyster aquaculture
Project start: 15 October 2019
Project completed: 20 April 2020
MPI funding: $45,000
Industry funding: $15,000
Industry partner: AquacultureNZ
The resilience of the oyster industry is challenged by the seasonal supply of spat (juvenile oysters). This project developed a business case to establish a commercial-scale oyster hatchery and nursery that would provide a strong foundation for sustainable growth of the oyster industry in New Zealand.
Brown seaweed for a blue economy
Project start: 10 August 2019
Project completed: 3 February 2021
Industry funding: $488,400
Industry partner: Waikaitu Ltd
This project aimed to transform New Zealand Undaria seaweed, Undaria pinnatifida, from a costly mussel-industry pest to a sustainable, high value global market resource. A pilot plant was established and a feasibility study was conducted, which concluded that this is a feasible industry for future development and growth.
Wakame Fresh – Project Wakatipu
Project start: 20 May 2019
Project completed: 19 December 2019
MPI funding: $75,200
Industry funding: $114,182
Industry partner: Wakame Fresh Ltd
Project Whakatiputipu aimed to demonstrate the commercial viability of harvesting, processing and exporting edible seaweed products into Japan. They conducted a feasibility study, including planning and finalising an approach to trial export of samples of wakame for market research.