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The Marine Farming Association Inc (MFA) is a subscription based organisation, representing marine farmers in the top of the South Island of New Zealand, set up with the objective to promote, foster, advance, encourage, aid and develop the rights and interests of its members and the marine farming industry in general.

Farmers in this area of New Zealand grow approximately 80% of the marine products farmed in New Zealand. The major species include Greenshell™ mussels and king salmon. Other species include seaweeds, pacific oysters and paua (abalone). Sales from these farms exceed $200 million per year.

Marine Farming Brochure is available for displays, for further information and stocks of brochures please contact.

The mussel farming industry in the Marlborough Sounds started in the 1960’s. The early days of the industry were dominated by research and development, trial and error, local product sales and a mussel extract used to help alleviate arthritis.

By 1974, as the industry grew, there was a need for some formal organisation and the Marlborough Sounds Marine Farming Association was formed. The name was changed to the NZMFA in 1986 to better reflect the growing importance of the industry.

In 2007, following the establishment of Aquaculture New Zealand Ltd, the New Zealand Marine Farming Association agreed to change its name to the Marine Farming Association, which reflects both on the Association’s heritage and regional interest.

In 2004 the NZMFA released a book on a history of mussel farming in New Zealand. This book focus’s on the personalities and vessels involved in the first quarter century of the industry’s growth. The book ‘Lines in the Water’ retails for $59.95. The book is 320 pages, hard cover, with more than 400 colour photographs. The book is available from The Marine Farming Association Inc, 

‘Lines in the Water’
Retailing for only $59.95 this book is 320 pages, hardcover, with more than 400 colour photographs.

About the Book:
This book was commissioned by the MFA as a celebration of the mussel industry and a tribute to its pioneers. It was preceded by an oral history project, also by Carol Dawber, and tapes form that project are lodged at the Oral History Centre at the Alexander Turnball Library in Wellington

About the Author:
Carol Dawber is a Picton based writer who has specialised in Nelson/Marlborough histories. Previous publications include The Jacksons of Te Awaiti, a history of Tory Channel whaler Jimmy Jackson and his descendents, and Inheriting the Dream, about co-operative dairy companies in the Tasman region. A former Nelson Mail journalist, Carol has also worked as a scriptwriter for Shortland Street and has completed a Spectrum documentary programme for National Radio. Lines in the Water is her twelfth book.

The 2012 MFA membership stands at some 129 Ordinary Members and 35 Associate Members and 3 Life Members.  Each ordinary member has one voting entitlement.

The governance of the MFA is the responsibility of the Executive Committee that comprises a President, Vice President and up to 10 committee members.  Members of the executive are elected by ordinary members at the Annual General Meeting of the MFA, held in July each year.

Rob Pooley
Executive Members
Graeme Beal
Graeme Clarke
Jim Goulding
Jonathon Large
Aaron Pannell
Kevin Primmer
Andrew Schwass
Bob Nicolle
Kris Solly
Zane Charman
Vice President
Gary Brown
Executive Officer
Graeme Coates

The MFA is an active participant in the Ring Road companies, holding approximately 16% of the water space in Golden Bay and 20% in Tasman Bay Ring Road companies.

The Ring Road Companies comprises of Golden Bay Ring Road Spat Catching Ltd, Tasman Bay Ring Road Spat Catching Ltd, Golden Bay Ring Road Farming Ltd and Tasman Ring Road Spat Catching Ltd.

The MFA owns 5 spat catching and 8 spat holding farms in the Marlborough Sounds. Spat catching and spat holding lines on these sites are leased to industry on a contract basis. The MFA manages the lighting and permits relating to the farms and in return receives income from the leasee farmers.

Other activities run by the MFA include a Beach Debris Management programme and the Marlborough Sounds lights monitoring programme. The MFA runs regular liaison committee meetings with the Marlborough District Council, Port Marlborough Ltd, the Ministry of Primary Industries, Department of Conservation and the Tasman District Council. It also participates in the Marlborough District Council’s Sounds Liaison Committee.