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NZ government plans to invest nearly NZD 1m in regional aquaculture industry

The New Zealand government plans to invest NZD 924,000 ($620,650) in the thriving aquaculture industry of the Coromandel region.

Written by: editorial / Undercurrent news

Shane Jones, New Zealand’s minister for regional economic development, said in an announcement on Dec. 26 that the money, taken from the country’s NZD 3 billion ($2.01bn) provincial growth fund, would be spent on developing Coromandel’s aquaculture and marine services.

In particular, the funding is aimed at reducing the region’s shortage of boat ramps and ‘all-tide’ facilities.

According to Jones, NZD 558,000 ($375,000) will be spent on improvements to Sugarloaf Wharf, where the rapid growth in the country’s aquaculture demand makes expansion of the available facilities a necessary first step.

In addition, NZD 93,850 ($63,000) will be put towards the Coromandel Marine Gateway while NZD 270,000 ($181,000) will be given to the Kopu Marine Precinct.

Jones expects aquaculture production in Coromandel to double within the next 10 to 15 years, with a potential to create 550 new jobs.

New Zealand’s aquaculture has grown by 70% in the past seven years, and the Coromandel funding follows the announcement of an NZD 500,000 ($338,000) government grant for a salmon hatchery near Invercargill on Dec. 20.

Situated on the northern edge of New Zealand’s North Island, the Coromandel Peninsula supplies roughly 26% of the country’s green shell mussels and 24% of its Pacific oysters.


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