13 Sep 2013

Ngati Kahungunu to help grow 150,000 baby paua

6:31 am on 13 September 2013

Ngati Kahungunu will work with the paua industry to breed up to 150,000 baby paua to be released on the Wairarapa coast.

The Paua 2 Industry Association has created initiatives to manage its fishery, which include increasing the minimum size limit to 128mm, and electronically logging paua commercially caught between Waipukurau and Wellington.

Chairman Tony Craig said divers and iwi are also looking at the potential to give stocks a boost through reseeding programmes.

He said a hatchery has been contracted to grow between 80,000 and 150,000 baby paua from local broodstock, before releasing them along the Wairarapa coast.

Mr Craig said what's different in this case is that DNA samples will be taken from the broodstock to be able to trace the paua when they are adults.

Ngati Kahungunu has issued the special permit to collect the broodstock and will help to monitor the process.

The new season starts on 1 October.