Translocation

Translocation

Normally headlands and high energy reef systems provide the water movement, aeration and food availability which allow paua to grow at a faster growth rate. The fastest growing areas will allow paua to grow to the minimum legal size within 4 to 5 years but in slow growing areas the paua may never reach this size.

Translocation involves the moving of undersized paua from slow growing areas to areas that have a faster growth rate.

This operation would involve the removing of paua from the reef, the transporting to the new site and the hand placement of the paua on to a reef.

This has not been done in a commercial scale in any of the paua fisheries but it is a management tool that has been employed overseas and is being looked at for use in New Zealand.