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Shellfish beds are to be monitored and records will be kept on stock numbers and locations.
Certain areas will be restricted from time to time to ensure stock numbers are maintained.
Any research undertaken by government agencies (eg Dept of Conservation) must be through consultation with the marae and Kaitiaki. Information gathered must be shared with the marae.
Any spraying done by government departments must first go through consultation with Aotea marae.
Use of instruments such as shovels are to be discouraged because of the adverse effects they have on pipi beds.
From time to time, algae bloom may be detected in Aotea. Collecting of kaimoana is prohibited until tests results are clear.
The tikanga of gathering kaimoana should be observed.
River scholarship for 20-year-old keen to bring back kaimoana at Aotea Harbour
20-year-old who wants to bring back the kaimoana that once flourished on mudflats around Aotea Harbour has won a $10,000 scholarship.
Okeroa Waaka is from Te Papatapu Marae, near Kāwhia, and is studying a Bachelor of Science with the University of Waikato.
She is the first winner of the Waikato District Council Waikato River Scholarship, which sprung from a commitment between council and Waikato-Tainui.
Waaka has an interest in Aotea Harbour's mudflat and wetland ecosystems and "is especially keen to bring about rejuvenation of the kaimoana that once thrived on the harbour's mud flats", a district council statement said.
Waikato-Tainui chief executive Donna Flavell said Waaka, who is of Ngāti Te Wehi, has both skills and passion.
The scholarship is available to Waikato-Tainui tribal members enrolled in degree or post-graduate qualifications in relevant area, whose study aligns to the restoration and wellbeing of the Waikato River.
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