Collaborative approach looking at wider impacts to restore Marlborough scallops

16 Mahuru 2020









Despite a 4 year closure to fishing, the scallop beds in Marlborough show no signs of recovery. Fred Te Miha, who’s part of the Southern Scallop Working Group alongside other iwi representatives, recreational and commercial fishers, says it’s time to look at other causes for the decline in scallops.

We support both this collaborative approach and the resulting strategy which has been endorsed by the Minister of Fisheries to take a wider look at the steps that need to be taken for a healthy scallop fishery in Marlborough. This includes considering land-based impacts like agricultural run off and the potential impact of climate change on the fishery.

We’re glad we’ve been able to be part of the Southern Scallop Working Group alongside iwi representatives including Fred Te Miha (Ngati Tama) and Richardt Prosch (Te Atiawa ki te Waka a Maui) and recreational and commercial fishers that put together the strategy to restore the scallop beds.

For more information, see this story on Stuff.