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Save Mercury Bay

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Please help us save Mercury Bay. We oppose a 30 hectare mussel spat farm proposed for Mercury Bay.

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A Resource Consent to construct a 30 Hectare mussel spat farm in Mercury Bay, Coromandel has been granted by Waikato Regional Council. It will be 2km in length and the size of 30 rugby fields.

Save Mercury Bay Trust opposes this and is supporting an appeal in the Environment Court. We oppose the farm because of:

1. Adverse landscape and natural character effects: we are concerned the mussel spat farm will be an unsightly industrial type structure on the eastern side of Mercury Bay.

2. The effect it will have on the environment: New Zealand has only 200 Orca and they are regular visitors to this part of Mercury Bay marine alongside other mammals such as dolphins, seals, and whales. The mussel spat lines will pose an entanglement risk to these mammals. We are concerned that even one entanglement will have dire effects on the population of some of these species.

3. The rubbish that will be created by the mussel spat farm washing up on surrounding beaches.

4. Biosecurity risks: invasive species such as Mediterranean Fan Worm and Undaria could be introduced by the transportation of mussel farm equipment coming over from the Firth of Thames. This could put native species at risk.

Mercury Bay is one of New Zealand’s treasures. The mussel spat farm will change forever how we sail, fish, sightsee and travel safely across the bay.

For more information visit the Save Mercury Bay Facebook page.

About us

The Save Mercury Bay Trust has been established to preserve one of New Zealand's treasures - Mercury Bay. It opposes mussel farming in Mercury Bay.

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We need public support to pay for legal costs and expert witnesses. If the applicants withdraw their application or we are unable to raise sufficient funds any funds donated and unused by the Trust will go to the Whitianga Coast Guard.

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Update on appeal for proposed mussel spat farm in Mercury Bay   2 March 2021

Posted by: Save Mercury Bay Trust

Dear supporters,

In December 2020, our appeal against Waikato Council's decision to consent a mussel spat farm in Mercury Bay was heard.

The hearing was over 9 days and followed by a site visit by the Court. A huge effort was put into preparing the materials for the hearing; not only by our very capable counsel, Martin Williams but also by our 5 expert witnesses (including Ingrid Visser, New Zealand's leading Orca specialist) and 13 lay witnesses. The experts and our lay witnesses also came to the Court and answered questions.

We were pleased with how our case came across and think we have landed in a strong position to appeal the proposed mussel spat farm.

At the close of the hearing the Court asked for further legal submissions on all aspects of the case except biosecurity which has been reserved post the outcome of the ruling on all other matters. It would appear that it could be some months before we will have a final decision.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has already donated to the appeal – your support has been invaluable.

The cost of the Appeal has been substantial, almost doubling what we anticipated.

To get through the final stages of this appeal we need extra financial support. It is hard to estimate what we might need to get to the end of this process but possibly another $25,000.

We would really appreciate your help either directly or if you might know of anyone else who might be willing to donate.

Please help us spread the word.

Donations can be made at

Thanks so much,

The Save Mercury Bay Trust

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