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Ellison Saltmarsh

Description:

None available

Type/Class:

Saltmarsh '2'

Size:

8.1 ha.

Altitude:

0-20 m above sea level.

Approximate location:

South of the intersection of Coast Road and Merton Station Road, Karitane.
NZTM (centre point): E1416500 N4944800

Regional Plan: Water for Otago.

Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.40, Map F56

Territorial Authority:

Dunedin City Council.

 

Ellison Saltmarsh

Recorded Values:

 

Value

Description

A5

Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. Less than 15% of marshes remain in Otago. '2'

A1-A4, A6-A9

No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.

 

Other Information:

  • Included in the statutory acknowledgement for Te Tauraka Poti (Merton Tidal Arm). An area which was a major mahinga kai for kainga. The wetlands were a rich source of kai, including tuna (eels), black flounder (Rhombosolea retiaria), giant kokopu (Galaxias argenteus) and waterfowl, and were also particularly valued as a spawning ground for whitebait (Galaxias spp.). 19

  • Ellison Saltmarsh is adjacent to the coastal marine area, which is covered by the Regional Plan: Coast for Otago.
Aerial View of Ellison Saltmarsh (March 2006)

References:

2. Ausseil, A.G., Newsome, P., Johnson, P, (2008) Wetland Mapping in the Otago Region. Landcare Research Contract Report prepared for the Otago Regional Council.

19. Otago Regional Council (2009) Regional Plan: Coast for Otago. Published by the Otago Regional Council, Dunedin.

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