Photo: Wainui Bay at full tide.
Wainui Bay is sited between Able Tasman Point and Uarau Point about 18 kilometers from Takaka. The Wainui Bay Spat catching area is shown in blue dots to the top left of the map below.
Image: Map of Wainui Bay (from Topo Map NZ)
Wainui Bay spat catching sites
The TDC decision is now out and they have granted the private plan change to allow the Wainui Bay spat catching sites permission to become another (Aquaculture Management Area (AMA).
Friends of Golden Bay (FoGB) strenuously opposed this application by mussel farmers to make this site another AMA. The long protracted and expensive campaign fought in late 1990s and early 2000s resulted in new mussel farms and AMAs being sited beyond 3km off-shore.
Wainui Bay spat catching was recognized by the Environment Court at the time as being sited in an outstanding landscape, and although they would need to be sited elsewhere in the future, granted them the right to continue till the permit ended. This was extended until 2024 by agreement. The mussel farmers, predominantly Talleys, see this as an opportunity now to gain space in this outstanding landscape, and close to shore.
Photo: Wainui Bay from Kiwi Greenies accommodation site.
FoGB has decided to support the Friends of Nelson Haven and Tasman Bay in their decision to appeal against this decision. In view of Judge Kenderdine’s decision when the mussel farms were given their 3 AMAs, that:
“Golden Bay has natural character values which are of national importance
. Golden Bay is an outstanding natural landscape/natural feature which is of national importance and is to be noted as such.
. A sensitive transition to further marine farm development can only be achieved in Golden Bay through distance from shore.
. The Wainui Bay site has a major adverse effect on natural character and visual landscape amenity values but because no-one has sought its deletion in a submission or reference, its right to remain in that location for the duration of the permit continues.
. The Wainui site is not to be located in an AMA but accorded discretionary activity status because of its sensitive location’”
We feel that TDC’s decision is wrong from an ecological, landscape and environmental perspective.
If you would be interested in being part of a campaign to challenge this decision please get in touch.