A petition has been launched by private group Stop the Lockout to prevent the no-take areas around Motiti Island from being implemented. Stop the Lockout have also launched a website and a Facebook page to raise awareness for this issue.
After a lengthy court process in which it was determined that regional councils have the jurisdiction to impose fishing controls under the Resource Management Act, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council are now required to implement no-take zones around Motiti Island. Included in the no-take zones are the Okaparau Reef, Brewer and Tokeroa Shoals, Schooner Rocks, Plate Island and, of course, the infamous Astrolabe Reef (the site of the 2011 Rena disaster).
Local iwi and hapu have publicly opposed the decision, as have a significant number of local anglers.
“We are concerned,” write Stop the Lockout on their Facebook page, “that despite 55,000 people expressing concern about the proposed lockout following a Facebook post by a local charter operator, very little has happened since.”
This comes after the National Party also launched a petition last month requesting “the Government change the law to stop the fishing ban being applied to the reefs around Motiti Island and that the accountability for managing fishing stocks be returned to the Ministry of Fisheries (MPI).”
If you want more information on this issue, visit http://www.stopthelockout.kiwi/.
To sign Stop the Lockout’s petition, visit https://www.change.org/stopthelockoutnz.
To sign National’s petition, visit https://toddmuller.national.org.nz/motiti_island
26 February 2020