The Revive Our Gulf project is an initiative to restore the seabed kūtai / green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus) reefs of Tīkapa Moana / Te Moananui ā-Toi / The Hauraki Gulf. The project has three core collaborative partners: the Mussel Reef Restoration Trust (MRRT), an NZ registered charity; The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a global environmental organisation; and the University of Auckland (UoA). We work in partnership with iwi / hapū across Tīkapa Moana / Te Moananui-ā-Toi / The Hauraki Gulf on mussel reef restoration projects.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has been supporting mussel reef restoration efforts in Aotearoa since 2017. As a global environmental organisation (headquartered in Virginia, USA) they are actively involved in shellfish restoration projects around the world, supporting locally-led shellfish restoration initiatives with specialist expertise and funding.
The University of Auckland
Researchers at the Institute of Marine Science, University of Auckland, have been working on shellfish restoration research since the early 2000s. They provide specific scientific expertise around restoration methodologies and the ecosystem benefits of restoration.
The Mussel Reef Restoration Trust
The Mussel Reef Restoration Trust was established in 2013. It was set up specifically to undertake the mussel reef restoration work in Tīkapa Moana / Te Moananui a-Toi / The Hauraki Gulf. The trust is the local entity responsible for growing capability and capacity for mussel reef restoration for the Revive Our Gulf project.