Report: TR 2015/39
Author: Barrie Forrest & Chris Cornelisen (Cawthron Institute)
This is one of three reports that present a framework for regional environmental monitoring in the coastal marine area (CMA), with particular emphasis on supporting more effective environmental monitoring of consented activities.
The main objectives of this framework are integration of state of the environment (SOE) and consent-related environmental monitoring, alignment of interests (relevant information for industry, council and communities), consistency (within region, among activities and, where possible, national), cost-effectiveness, certainty (providing clear guidance to consent applicants) and better management of cumulative effects in the consent process.
Report 1 (TR 2015/38) outlines the framework. Aquaculture was chosen as the first case study for this framework, and reports 2 and 3 (TR 2015/39 and TR 2015/40) apply the framework to current and future aquaculture activities in the Waikato region.
Report 1: Monitoring framework (TR 2015/38)
Presents the rationale and key elements of a regional monitoring framework that integrates monitoring associated with consented activities and wider SOE monitoring.
Report 2: Regional guidance on priority issues and monitoring (TR 2015/39)
Covers the ecological effects of aquaculture in the Waikato CMA and identifies the priority issues that need to be addressed through industry best practice and reporting, and/or through monitoring of effects.
Report 3: Monitoring methodologies and standards (TR 2015/40)
Recommends methodologies and standards for monitoring the seabed, water column and the wider environment in relation to the potential effects of aquaculture.
The focus of the work to date was on developing the framework and developing guidance to support future application to aquaculture. These three reports propose conceptual approaches for standards that can be developed over time as more data becomes available and as individual consents are addressed.
Waikato Regional Council commissioned the Cawthron Institute to prepare these three reports. We acknowledge the support from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Aquaculture Planning Fund.
|1.1||Report scope and objectives|
|1.2||Recap of rationale for regional monitoring framework|
|2||Ecolgoical effects and aquaculture monitoring in the Waikato region|
|2.1||Ecological issues associated with aquaculture development|
|2.2||Aquaculture activities and present monitoring in the Waikato region|
|2.2.1||Aquaculture types and locations|
|3||Approach to development of reporting and monitoring guidance|
|3.2||Structure and scope of Sections 4-10|
|4.1||Overview of ecological issues|
|4.2||Best management practices and reporting|
|4.3||Consent and state of the environment monitoring|
|5.1||Overview of ecological issues|
|5.2||Best management practices and reporting|
|5.3||Consent and state of the environment monitoring|
|6||Marine mammal and seabird interactions|
|6.1||Overview of ecological issues|
|6.2||Best management practices and reporting|
|6.3||Consent and state of the environment monitoring|
|7||Wild fish interactions|
|7.1||Overview of ecological issues|
|7.2||Best management practices and reporting|
|7.3||Consent and state of the environment monitoring|
|8||Escapees and genetic effects|
|8.1||Overview of ecological issues|
|8.2||Best management practices and reporting|
|8.3||Consent and state of the environment monitoring|
|9.1||Overview of ecological issues|
|9.2||Best management practices and reporting|
|9.3||Consent and state of the environment monitoring|
|10||Biosecurity: Pests, diseases, parasites and harmful algae|
|10.1||Overview of ecological issues|
|10.2||Best management practices and reporting|
|10.3||Consent and state of the environment monitoring|
|11||Summary and synthesis|