- 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.
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