Integrated Catchment Management

Integrated Catchment Management for the Motueka River

"From ridge tops to the sea"

Welcome to the ICM Motueka Research Programme web site. Its purpose is to provide information resources relevant to project participants and to the stakeholders of the Motueka River catchment. The site is a collaborative venture between a number of organisations.

It was an 11 year programme which commenced in July 2000 and concluded in September 2011, and whose goal was to conduct multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder research to provide information and knowledge that will improve the management of land, freshwater, and near-coastal environments in catchments with multiple, interacting, and potentially conflicting land uses.

The site will continue to contain items relevant to ICM but is now largely a legacy site.

The Motueka River catchment is a Global HELP Catchment.

 

Research highlights - River outwelling plumes: good or bad places to farm mussels?

Aquaculture in New Zealand is entering a phase where the potential for development of large (i.e. 100s of hectares) farms positioned 3 to 10 or more kilometres offshore can be considered. The shellfish farming industry now actively pursues development of sites in areas provisionally designated by councils as Aquaculture Management Areas or AMAs. Applications are often based on the assumption that growth potential and water quality conditions will be appropriate. Whether or not this assumption is valid, depends on the location of the proposed development and the degree to which the farm would be affected by the highly mobile and often ill–defined river outwelling plumes. Without som...
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