September 2014
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3.5 Million!

Around three and a half million live adult mussels have been deposited in a restoration area the size of eight rugby fields off eastern Waiheke Island. The additional 63 tonnes of mussels increase the restoration area ten-fold and were provided free of charge by North Island Mussels Ltd. A big thanks to Campbell Barr from NIML and the crew of Sanwaikawau: Luke, Scott, Walter, Whare, and Ariel.
Click here to read the full story.

The Boat Show
Legasea generously teamed up with Revive our Gulf at the Hutchwilco Boat show. We heard from hundreds of fishers who were keen to support benthic restoration because they know just how many more fish are found near mussels. Many fishers already knew about their filtering power but everyone was blown away by the water clearing demonstration.
Illustrator Samantha Gilmour designed this celebratory poster for Revive our Gulf. Click here for a high res copy.
The Ministry for Primary Industries released a pertinent publication "Linking marine fisheries species to biogenic habitats in New Zealand: a review and synthesis of knowledge". Read about  Green Lipped Mussels including restoration recommendations on pages 45-49.
Okahu Bay
Ngati Whatua Orakei has defined an Okahu Catchment Ecological Restoration Plan to increase the mauri of the bay and the hapu. As part of this restoration programme it was identified that a mussel reef would provide part of the bioremediation strategies required to filter the water and increase marine biodiversity. With the support from Revive our Gulf, Orakei Water Sports, Auckland University, Mussel Kitchen and Westpac Mussels the first phase of restoration was conducted. Watch the full story here.
Meola Mussel
Inspired by Revive our Gulf a community group has begun exploring the establishment of a mussel bed at Meola reef. Early results are promising with adults surviving in crevasses at monitored locations.
We have done the math and we can currently make 38 million litres of cleaned water per year for every $25 donated!

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