ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF MUSSEL FARMS IN THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS, NEW ZEALAND

We are in the midst of a global awakening to the positive ecological contributions that shellfish aquaculture brings to marine ecosystems. Fuelled by a substantial body of local and international research, the world is realising that shellfish farming provides a range of environmental services, vital to the health of the planet as wild shellfish beds disappear and waterways continue to degrade.

To improve understanding of the contribution that Greenshell™ mussel farming makes to the Marlborough Sounds coastal environment, NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) has reviewed all existing local and relevant international research to compile an authoritative review.

This document provides a brief summary of findings from the NIWA review
(Stenton-Dozey & Broekhuizen 2019)