The Forum, a statutory body which promotes and facilitates integrated management and the protection and enhancement of the Hauraki Gulf, has approved a proposal to seek protection of at least 20% of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and to establish restoration efforts for 1000km2 of shellfish beds and reefs.
“The Outboard Boating Club (OBC), the largest recreational boating club in New Zealand, supports the proposal to protect at least 20% of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in order to reverse dwindling fish numbers,” says Club Commodore Bill Berry.
“As regular users of the gulf, our 2000 members are well aware that the health of the gulf is at risk and that more must be done to protect the environment of the gulf for our families and future generations. Consequently, we support this decision by the Hauraki Gulf Forum and look forward to working with them.”
Club members young and old have been enjoying the gulf’s beauty and resources for 60 years, and as a significant step toward protecting the fish resource the club has changed the basis for all their fishing competitions to measured length rather than weight. “By measuring and photographing the fish, this encourages competitors to return the fish to the water, preserving the healthiest breeding fish of popular varieties as snapper, kahawai and kingfish.”
The OBC also has the environmental Blue Flag accreditation, which involves an annual independent audit of their facility and operations, ensuring it adheres to world-leading environmental and safety standards for marinas and boat clubs.
16 July 2019