Otago fishermen have formed a working party to write their formal response to Port Otago's plans to dump more than seven million cubic metres of sand and silt off Taiaroa Head.
Plans to deepen Port Otago's shipping channel, dumping the dredged material offshore, risks creating a "dead zone" which would threaten the income of local fishers, the Port Chalmers fishing co-operative says.
A member of the Otago Regional Council has changed sides in the argument about the proposed rezoning of the harbourside area of Dunedin.
Otago Regional councillors yesterday voted to consult the public over a possible merger between Port Otago and Lyttelton Port, despite deeming such a move to be insignificant.
Port Otago's 100% owner, the Otago Regional Council, favours discussion continuing over a proposed merger with rival Lyttelton Port of Christchurch - preferably with a decision made by the end of 2010.
Information on plans for a restored beach near Harington Point, a $10 million wharf extension and a $100 million channel-deepening project was released by Port Otago yesterday.
Two Finnish-made Kalmar straddle cranes have been fully commissioned at Port Otago during the past month - part of a total $8.5 million the southern port has set aside this year for capital expenditure.
Compulsory redundancies have been averted in an agreement reached between management and unions at Port Otago.