Revive Our Gulf

The Mussel Reef Restoration Trust formed at the Hauraki Gulf Forum's 2012 Charting the Enhancement Pathway seminar.

About 25 people are involved in the initial group including scientists, planners, business people, fishing advocates, council staff, educators, environmental and community advocates.

The group has been constituted as a charitable trust. The trustees are John Laurence (Director), David Kingston (Chartered Accountant) and Michael Wood (Solicitor).

Currently the group is chaired by John Laurence, who has led the successful Motuihe Trust for many years, with members taking leadership responsibility for science and technical advice, logistics, planning and regulatory issues, communications, and relationships with iwi and industry partners.

Restoring green-lipped mussel reefs has never been attempted or achieved before. Explore this PDF poster which shows the ecological benifits of the mussel reefs.

Management Team

John Laurence

Our Chairman, John is incredibly passionate about the Hauraki Gulf. He has had years of resoration experience as Chairman of the Motuihe Island Restoration Trust. A keen recreational boater he is also the Secretary of the Outdoor Boating Club.

Scott Macindoe

The strong backbone of LegaSea, Scott is securing 'more fish in the water for future generations’. He is a sustainable fisherman, a successful businessman and a legendary cook.

Dr Mels Barton

An environmental scientist turned co-ordinator and environmental advocate, Mels works for many community organisations and not-for-profits including the Ecomatters Environment Trust, Friends of Regional Parks and Sea Week.

Dr Shane Kelly

Lead author for the 2011 Hauraki Gulf State of the Environment Report, Shane has also published research on reef ecology, marine conservation, fisheries, aquaculture, resource management, and contaminant management.

Tim Higham

Manager of the Hauraki Gulf Forum, Tim has worked as a field ecologist, journalist and in communication roles for the United Nations Environment Programme, Antarctica New Zealand and Department of Conservation.

Rebecca Barclay

Passionate marine conservationist, Rebecca has a masters in environmental law and is an experienced dive instructor. She is currently employed at the Healthy Waters Department of Auckland Council as a Senior Specialist.

Frances Hall

Frances is a Forest and Bird committee member of Mid-North Branch. She is also a member of NZ Ornithological Society (OSNZ), Miranda Naturalists Trust and the environmental protection group Sandspit SOS inc. (SSOSI).

Bill Davies

Bill is in business and he is an Auckland Yachtie. He and his whanau have regularly cruised the Gulf since 1970.

Shaun Lee

Shaun is a designer and photographer who only works on environmental initiatives like conservation, business pollution prevention and pest control.

John Newton

Ex CTO/Founder of NextWindow John brings considerable engineering experience to the team. As a keen sailor and diver John is proud to bring his brand of kiwi innovation to a restoration project.

Peter van Kampen (NgāiTai, Te Upokorehe, Ngāti Manu)

Peter has a masters of marine science and works as a policy analyst. Peter is involved with university and iwi led STEM in school projects and is heavily involved with kaitiakitanga initiatives with his marae. As a keen fisherman and diver his goal is to put back more than he takes.

Cat Davis

As a coastal scientist, Cat is passionate in promoting the sustainable management of the coastal and marine environment. She is a strong advocate for marine reserves and has a technical background covering ecology, marine aquaculture and fish biology.

We are interested in corportate sponsorship

Please contact John Laurence to discuss [email protected]


The following goals have been identified for the next 15 years:

Research units established with universities and Crown Research Institutes within one year to provide scientific support for the restoration, and attract and engage young scientists into marine research.

One square kilometre of seabed restored within 15 years.

Ten "seed" beds independently established by local communities within ten years.

Large scale mussel restoration areas formally designated in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan within three years.

Three 800 m2 demonstration beds with habitat suitable for further colonisation established within three years.

Purchase or establishment of a mussel farm within 10 years to provide an ongoing source of adult stock.

If you want to support this ambitious trust in its pioneering work please donate at the bottom of the page


Restoration guidelines for shellfish reefs.

Information graphic on the individual and cumulative pressures on kuku (green-lipped mussel).

A worksheet for schools to enable teachers to easily show students the power of mussels as ecosystem engineers and water cleaners.

By Coast & Catchment

How will the filtration rate of green-lipped mussels be affected by increasing concentrations of sediment in seawater? By Yasmine Dai

Feasibility of restoring Tasman Bay mussel beds

The importance of benchmarking habitat structure and compisition for understanding the extent of fishing impacts in soft sediment ecosystems

Linking marine fisheries species to biogenic habitats in New Zealand by the Ministry for Primary Industries. Green Lipped Mussels including restoration recommendations on pages 45-49.

Before and after photo

Educational Poster (A2 PDF)

A history of the Firth of Thames dredge fishery for mussels: use and abuse of a coastal Green-lipped mussels and the Hauraki Gulf

Green-lipped mussels and the Hauraki Gulf


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Mahurangi fish nurseries upgraded

Small donations help to restore clean water

Ngati Whatua Orakei restoring mussel beds for bioremediation

Aquaculture NZ Magazine: Reviving the Gulf

Mussel beds experiment a clear success

Using Mussel to save the gulf

How overfishing depleted a natural resource

How Mussel Farming Could Help to Clean Fouled Waters

Hauraki Gulf: Planning for the future


Revive our Gulf Overview

Mussels clearing water (Timelapse animation)

The Science of Restoring Mussels by Auckland University

Denitrification Rates in Restored Mussel Beds of the Hauraki Gulf. By Mallory Sea