Freshwater gold clams (Corbicula fluminea)
Help us to stop the spread of freshwater gold clams to our Te Arawa lakes
This freshwater mollusc, which is also known as Asian gold clam, was discovered along a stretch of the Waikato River in May 2023.
Biosecurity New Zealand is working with iwi and other partners to prevent the spread of the clam. In relation to the lakes in our district, that includes working with Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Rotorua Lakes Council and Te Arawa Lakes Trust.
Biosecurity rules are in place to stop the spread of the clam.
We all need to play our part
All boat users, both local and those from outside of the Rotorua district, particularly those from the Waikato region, have a role to play in ensuring that we prevent the spread of freshwater gold clams.
Make sure you know what you need to do
General information about freshwater gold clams and what you can do to help prevent the spread can be found on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) website.
Information specific to efforts to keep freshwater gold clams out of our Te Arawa lakes can be found on the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme website where updates will be posted as needed.