Ng?ti P?oa have requested a temporary (two-year) closure to the harvest of scallops, mussels, rock lobster, and p?ua from Waiheke Island.
Fisheries New Zealand invites written submissions in response to the request from persons who have an interest in the species concerned or in the effects of fishing in the area concerned.
Proposed Waiheke Island temporary closure map
The proposed temporary closure covers all that area of New Zealand fisheries waters within one nautical mile offshore from the mean high-water mark of Waiheke Island.
Section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 provides that the Minister of Fisheries may temporarily close an area, or temporarily restrict or prohibit the use of any fishing method in respect of an area if satisfied that the closure, restriction, or prohibition will recognise and provide for the use and management practices of tangata whenua in the exercise of non-commercial fishing rights.
Temporary closures apply to recreational, commercial and customary fishing, but have no effect on marine farming.
Ng?ti P?oa consider that a temporary closure will recognise and provide for the customary management practices of tangata whenua in the exercise of their non-commercial fishing rights and allow time for scallop, mussel, rock lobster, and p?ua stocks in the area to replenish and increase in number and size.
Further information can be found at the links below.
Find out more about temporary closures
Waiheke Island application
Making your submission
The closing date for submissions is 5pm on March 22, 2021.
Email your submission to [email protected]
While email is preferred, you can post your submission to:
Spatial Planning and Allocations
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526