Ross Dockery is a Kāwhia local and green-lipped mussel spat farmer of Ngāti Apakura descent. Ross and his wife Janine have owned and operated Aotea Marine Farms (AMF), an aquaculture company located in southern waters of Aotea Harbour, since 1989. While supplying the North Island mussel industry with juvenile produce is Aotea Marine Farms main focus, they have long been affiliated with outside groups interested in innovation and sustainability projects. The utilisation of harakeke derived ropes, conversion of wave energy to usable electricity and the involvement with local beach clean/pest eradication efforts are some of the ways in which AMF has expanded its business outside of the aquaculture sector.
Kelly Dockery is the sustainability officer and trustee of Aotea Marine Farms. The eldest of Ross and Janine’s three daughters, she has been involved in the family business from a young age. With a background in outdoor education, conservation and aquaculture, Kelly is passionate about helping to run a business that is good for both the community and the environment. A Kāwhia local with Ngāti Apakura ties, she is on the governance board of both Te Taiao o Kawhia Moana and the Kawhia Rowing Regatta Club.
Green-lipped mussels, the aquaculture industry and our coastal environment
Kelly and Ross will host an interactive on-site discussion during the Aotea field trip on around the commercial farming of green-lipped mussel spat, the wider New Zealand aquaculture sector and the sustainability projects Aotea Marine Farms is involved in.