Port Otago Dredging
We disagree with Port Otago's plans to dredge the Otago Harbour for the following reasons
- The large threat this dredging will have on local coastal habitats including many fish and plant species, affecting the lives of local fisherman and businesses.
- There are a number of potential ecological problems within harbour itself as a result of the works including sediment deposition and changes in the hydrodynamics of harbour.
-The future of the protected area of the Saltmarsh at Aramoana, saved by the historic defence against the aluminium smelter some 25 years ago may also be under threat.
-The dredging also poses threat to local sea animals including Hector's Dolphins, Blue Penguins, Yellow-Eye Penguins, Albatross Royal and Regular, Buller's Mollymawks and Regular. Sky Larks, Seals as well as a variety of other birds, fish and mammals.