Kia ora / Welcome to The Hauraki Gulf Mussel Reef Restoration Project.
The Mussel Reef Restoration Trust is a group of scientists, planners, conservationists, recreational fishers, community advocates and business people interested in the potential of restoring the historic mussel reefs of the Firth of Thames and Tamaki Strait.
The restoration challenge
Mussel reefs once covered much of the seafloor of the inner Hauraki Gulf, providing one of the most productive shallow water ecosystems found around New Zealand.
They were almost completely destroyed by dredging and poaching between 1920 and 1970 and have not recovered naturally.
Mussel beds - photography courtesy of Ian McLeod.
You can contribute
The trust aims to raise funds for restoration, using knowledge from science and industry to explore how large areas of the Gulf can be returned to productive mussel reefs.
The trust expects mussel reefs will improve water quality and increase the abundance and diversity of marine life. If you wish to contribute to this work please contact email@example.com or visit our Get Involved page.
Find out more
The Mussel Reef Restoration Trust is involved in a range of communication and education activities to build awareness of its restoration mission. You can read the New Zealand Herald features or download some informative PDFs from the links below.