Apr 15, 2021


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Kai moana (seafood) confirmed to be contaminated at 5 beaches #RENAsucks

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Kaua e kai i te kaimoana


Key agencies involved have been: MAF, Toi Te Ora, Regional Councils, Iwi. Chris Battershill is also directly in the loop but more in the long term chronic impacts on shell-fish and fin-fish.

Sampling has taken place over the past week at the following areas: Omanu Beach, Papamoa Beach, Maketu, Tauranga Harbour, Ohope. The sampling is being conducted by BOPRC Staff.

Initial sampling clearly shows shellfish is contaminated with PAHs (polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons). Results from fin-fish testing is yet to be received but it is thought that shellfish will be the most affected. Further sampling is required to identify a clear trend, this will be carried out over the next three weeks; MAF and

Toi Te Ora will then assess the results and make a conclusive decision hopefully before Xmas so the public have a clear idea on whether or not they can eat the shellfish. There were initial access issues in regards to monitoring and sampling at Motiti, however sampling of Motiti kina has since been carried out.

No shellfish or finfish should be eaten at this point in time. Over time, shellfish and finfish do rid themselves naturally of these contaminants but the expected timeframe for this is unknown.

Further monitoring will be carried out over the next three weeks and it is hoped that a conclusive result will be confirmed before Christmas.


4 thoughts on “Kai moana (seafood) confirmed to be contaminated at 5 beaches #RENAsucks

  1. stormwater from the streets along the coast suburbs discharge to some beaches. it is likely that some hydrocarbon contaminants are from them. at low tide the stormwater will discharge into the sand by dunes but at high tide it will go direct to the tidal waters. there are lots of stormwater outlets in the estuary and harbour areas as well where some shellfish are. not sure we can blame it all on rena. most of the street stormwater goes to sumps first whch trap sediment and hydrocarbons in them. if they get full to the outlet and not cleaned then when the next rain comes then it will flow straight out.

  2. How much of this contamination was already in the shell fish?
    Hopefully this will wake up those that contribute to the pollution in the bay already.Septic tanks and farm run off have all contributed and the pollutants running out of the Tauranga harbour prior to the Rena disaster.
    Hopefully this “in your face” grounding will highlight a much overlooked need to happen scenario and make people more aware of what they are doing to our beautiful sea, shoreline and food chain.
    Although the Rena disaster is a criminal act of negligence and the worst disaster in New Zealands history i feel it will wake up the complacency we are all guilty of here.
    Keep our oceans clean your every action has a consequence and it all ends up in the sea.I live in Taupo which is the head waters of the Waikato river and every bit of litter or oil and petrol spilled by vehicles or careless handling initially goes into the lake but will eventually end up in our oceans and every town and city along the rivers length have the same responsibility.
    I love this country its people and the oceans that surround us and nourish us.To love this is to take care of it.i urge every New Zealander do the same.

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