Commitment to the Environment

The Marine Farming Association are committed to assisting the marine farming industry in continuously improving their environmental performance.

We have an Environmental Mentor who sits on our Environment & Compliance Committee and focus's on the continual education of vessel crews, vessel audits to ensure all environmental equipment is in place, farm audits to monitor harvesting practices and beach cleaning.

Environmental Certification

Information about the MFA Environmental Certification Programme can be found here.

Beach Cleaning Programme

Information about the MFA Beach Cleaning Programme can be found here.

Beach Cleaning

The Marine Farming Association and its members participate in regular beach cleans.
If you have done a beach clean we would love for you to provide us with the information from what you found.

We report our beach cleaning statistics every year, the more information we have feeding in to us the better picture we get. So we thank you for your time and effort!

Float recovery

If you have found a float on the beach, please let us know and we will advise next steps.


The Marine Farming Association is a very small team so we love to hear your feedback both positive and negative because we can not be everywhere at once.

Negative feedback provides opportunities for improvement, working and engaging with the communities effected so that marine farming will be around for future generations.

Marine Wildlife Sightings

When you are out and about in Te Tau Ihu, we ask that you keep your eyes open and report any sightings of rare marine wildlife, any interesting wildlife behaviour, stranding's or entanglements.

If you see a rare species, a stranding, entanglement or something of concern, please report it directly to DOC:   

Phone: 0800362468 (0800 DOC HOT) - Hotline available 24/7
DOC Online form

*Only fill out the forms if not urgent, otherwise phone 0800 DOC HOT.
For King Shag sightings, please use the button to the right "Wildlife Sighting"

Wildlife Identification:


Seals & Sea Lions


King Shag