Opotiki Harbour Development
The Ōpōtiki Harbour Development Project is set to revitalise Ōpōtiki.
World demand for seafood is increasing rapidly. The World Bank predicts aquaculture will supply over 60 percent of the fish we eat by 2030. Ōpōtiki is poised to contribute, with 160 kilometres of coastline encompassing thousands of hectares of highly productive seawater that has the potential to support a sizable aquaculture industry.
Large scale aquaculture requires a safe, accessible harbour for boats servicing and harvesting product from offshore marine farms. The existing Ōpōtiki harbour entrance is limited to smaller boats, which can only cross the bar in good conditions. The Ōpōtiki Harbour Development Project will provide access for larger boats by creating an entrance that is navigable in all but the worst conditions, enabling Opotiki to become a service and processing base for aquaculture and other marine related industries.
The Ōpōtiki Harbour Development Project is underpinned by a strong commitment from local community leaders, including iwi and Council, to improve the community's social and economic wellbeing by creating new jobs, increasing the average household income across the district, and adding millions to the economy.
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Options for improving harbour navigability.
The Opotiki Harbour Development Project has a long history which is outlined here.
Find technical data and fact sheets here.