This is a 2-year project that looks to improve farmer understanding around creating a water catchment where koura (NZ freshwater crayfish) will thrive. This could in turn lead to beneficial ecosystem outcomes, such as water quality improvements, and the opportunity to create a new product, marketplace and income stream through selling the farmed koura.
- Phase one of the project looks to engage environmentally conscious farmers about farm plans, intensive winter grazing plans, greenhouse gas emission reduction plans and information on Council consenting processes. This phase will also include building data and undertaking water monitoring to further understand the catchment.
- Phase two will begin on the work around growing koura on farm and will be planned out in conjunction with the community, Hokonui Rūnanga and Ernslaw One.
- The final phase will pull all the learnings together with a catchment video, field day and report that will inform others around the process and the environmental and economic outcomes of farming koura.