Image: Map of the proposed closure area
Ng?ti Tamater? Treaty Settlement Trust, on behalf of Ng?ti Tamater?, has requested a temporary two-year closure to the harvest of pipi, cockles, mussels, and oysters from Te Mata and Waipatukahu, west Coromandel.
Fisheries New Zealand invites submissions about the request from persons who have an interest in the effects of fishing in the area.
Locals say the shellfish stocks have declined in both size and number over the last 15 years and that they have observed large groups from Auckland gathering seafood from the area over an extended period.
The area has been the subject of closures, starting with a two-year temporary closure in 1998 which was extended several times until 2006 when a request was declined as it did not meet the criteria.
The approximate area of the proposed temporary closure includes all those fisheries waters within the following lines:
26 June 2020