Private Plan Change Request 61: Wainui Bay Spat Catching

Current Status

Approval was received from the Minister of Conservation on the 20 May 2019. The Plan will be updated in the next update.   

Adoption by Council

18 October 2018

Environment Court Decision

10 August 2018

Environment Court Hearing

31 October – 3 November 2017

Council Decision

3 October 2016


22 & 26 August 2016

Summary of submissions

Date Notified: 14 May 2016
Further Submissions Closed: Monday 30 May 2016

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Plan change details

Wainui Bay Spat Catching group have requested a change to the Tasman Resource Management Plan. This private plan change seeks 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 proposes 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 recognises the national and regional importance of the area for spat catching. No new space or activities are proposed.

Date Notified: 12 March 2016
Submissions Closed:  Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Do you need further information?

Please contact Tania Bray, ph. (03) 543 7277 / email

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