Private Plan Change Request 61: Wainui Bay Spat Catching

This Plan Change became operative on 14 December 2019.

Wainui Bay Spat Catching group requested a change to the Tasman Resource Management Plan. This private plan change sought to provide the marine farming industry with certainty that spat catching farms in Wainui Bay can continue beyond the current term of consent (2024). To achieve this certainty, the private plan change proposed to rezone the eight spat catching sites to a newly created zone - AMA 4 - Wainui. Within this zone mussel spat catching (<40 mm) and mussel spat holding (40-60 mm) are controlled activities and mussel farming (>60 mm) is prohibited. Amended policy and text recognised the national and regional importance of the area for spat catching. No new space or activities were proposed.

Notified: 12 March 2016
Submissions Closed: 
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Further Submissions - Notified: 14 May 2016   Closed: Monday 30 May 2016
Hearing Held: 22 & 26 August 2016
Decisions Notified: 3 October 2016
Environment Court Hearing: 31 October – 3 November 2017
Environment Court Decision: 10 August 2018
Adoption by Council: 18 October 2018
Approval by Minister of Conservation: 20 May 2019
Approval and Commencement as Operative: 14 December 2019

The following documents are retained for reference purposes only.

Environment Court Decision

Council Decision

Hearing Documents

Submissions and Summaries of Submissions




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