Two year closure for east Coromandel scallops

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MPI MEDIA RELEASE - 8 September 2021


The east Coromandel scallop fishery will close for a period of two years from this Saturday, 11 September, following a request from the Ngati Hei Trust.

The closure covers scallop fishing in an area extending along the east Coromandel coastline from Anarake Point to Ruahiwihiwi Point, where Ngati Hei exercise mana moana, and includes Opito Bay. Other fishing in the area can continue under existing rules.

Director of Fisheries Management Emma Taylor says public consultation on the request took place between April and May.

“We received more than 2000 submissions, with the majority supporting a closure.

“The feedback from tangata whenua and the public reflects the results of recent scientific surveys, commissioned by Fisheries New Zealand. These highlight concerns around the sustainability of scallop stocks right across the northern scallop fisheries, including the east Coromandel area.

“While addressing fishing activity is part of the picture, we also know that scallops are affected by land-based impacts such as sedimentation, and by changes to water quality.

“The closure will relieve some of the pressure while work continues by central and local Government to address fishing and non-fishing related impacts.

“A large part of Opito Bay was already closed to commercial scallop harvesting, on top of seasonal restrictions for both recreational and commercial fishing.

“The new closure area is much larger and applies to both recreational and commercial scallop fishing. This will support scallop populations, across a larger area of the coastline and is part of the overall scallop management picture that Fisheries New Zealand is currently considering.

The closure follows a customary rahui placed by Ngati Hei on the Opito Bay area in December, to take pressure off the scallop fishery.

“Customary management tools and temporary closures such as rahui, provide an important mechanism to support the protection of our fisheries resources.

The closure will be legally enforceable from Saturday. MPI fishery officers will continue to patrol the coast supporting public awareness and enforcing the rules. Anyone with information about suspected illegal fishing should contact MPI on 0800 4 POACHER to report it.

Background:

The Ngati Hei Trust requested a two-year temporary closure of the scallop fishery over waters of the east Coromandel coast.

Their application included the extended waters of east Coromandel from Anarake Point to Ruahiwihiwi Point and encompassing offshore waters around the Cuvier, Great Mercury and Aldermen Islands. This includes Opito Bay which had been subject to a voluntary rahui put in place by Ngati Hei.

Public consultation on the Temporary Closure request took place between April and May, including consultation with Ngati Hei and other tangata whenua, along with commercial and recreational fishers, and environmental interests.

Fisheries New Zealand received a total of 2,381 submissions with the majority of submitters in support of a closure.

The Minister for Oceans and Fisheries approved the temporary closure to the take of scallops for a two-year period in east Coromandel, pursuant to section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996, to recognise and make provision for the use and management practices of Ngati Hei by improving the availability of scallops in this area.

The closure takes effect from Saturday, 11 September 2021.



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Customary take still allowed?
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So who is running the fisheries now ? Maoris ? lol we are all doomed. I do still agree with concept but it should  include no fishing from Comms, full stop.
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Originally posted by v8-coupe v8-coupe wrote:

Customary take still allowed?
Not according to the Kaikaumata?? down in the optito bay area will not issue permits and the fustrating part for him was others Iwi Leaders writing out permits for an area that they are not from.   F/B Coromandel protection page.
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It's sad that it takes customary/public pressure to get something in place. Surely if Fisheries was doing their job, they would have front footed the closure themselves. Yet again another case of gross incompetence shown by Fisheries.

Hopefully this doesn't place too much more pressure on an already struggling western Coromandel scallop fishery.
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Need this for northland aswell to be fair, Whangarei Harbour is going to take a hammering this season and it gets worse and worse each year
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do people dredge Whangarei harbour or dive, snorkel? I’ve heard stories of scallops in inches of water 
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Originally posted by Reel Deal Reel Deal wrote:

do people dredge Whangarei harbour or dive, snorkel? I’ve heard stories of scallops in inches of water 


Takahiwai has nothing left, smugglers has nothing this has been like this for atleast 4 years now. The numbers on snake bank have dwindled considerably in the last 6 years. Taurikura and urquharts takes an absolute hammering as thats most peoples go to and it isnt as plentiful as people make it out to be. Mcleouds is hit and miss and majority of them are undersized or have fan worm attached to the shells.

Theres Whangareis Harbour summed up unfortunately. Plentiful no. Compared to other regions sure.

Healthy fishery? No way

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I would say most would tank dive Whangarei. Then snorkel. Not a lot of people dredge.

Also the bay of islands is no longer worth while collecting scallops from. Atleast all the beds I knew of, which was 4 different areas no longer are worth the time to collect them with. And that ranges from 2m of water to 22m of water
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maybe a Coro style few year ban is in order. That is sad news indeed JAS. Now the question do I include in my foraging species list this year hmmmm
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One thing to close off the beds but really need to be looking at the bigger picture.The enviroment,run off from land development etc.Nelson been closed 5yrs?? and no return of scallops and finger is being pointed at the clearing of forestry.Silt,heavy metals etc all the things scallops dont like. Raised the issue with the Advocacy group and got told "thats a barrow for you to push"basically saying youre wrong yet evidence shows otherwise.

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It's a sign of the times unfortunately.look at the Marlborough sounds for example.They have been closed for scollops for a few years now and the limit used to be 50 per person.we holiday in the BOI every summer and have always enjoyed getting the family out on the boat and diving for a feed of scollops.early this year we couldint even find one except a few small ones here and there.One thing we did observe was fan worm.This seems to be a major issue and only seems to be getting worse.Some one told me cruise ships bring it in in their ballast tanks.After this closure the inside beds off coromandle town re going to get a hammering I'm picking.
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Originally posted by JustAnotherSpearo JustAnotherSpearo wrote:

Need this for northland aswell to be fair, Whangarei Harbour is going to take a hammering this season and it gets worse and worse each year

Well said! Sadly, the "near" north is not the paradise it used to be.
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Been a few years closed on the kaipara, but for the best
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Have I missed something here.

Is it no one can harvest scallops in these zones or is it that commercial and Maoris can.
Just cruising in my now sweetas pimped out Southern 755 HT0!
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Originally posted by MATTOO MATTOO wrote:

Have I missed something here.

Is it no one can harvest scallops in these zones or is it that commercial and Maoris can.
https://www.mpi.govt.nz/news/media-releases/east-coromandel-scallop-fishery-to-close-for-2-years
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Hi PCJ.
I have read the other end of your link and nowhere does it discount customary take.
The closest I could find is this: -
  • "The Minister for Oceans and Fisheries approved the temporary closure to the take of scallops for a 2-year period in east Coromandel, pursuant to section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996, to recognise and make provision for the use and management practices of Ngāti Hei by improving the availability of scallops in this area".
  • Still does not discount customary take and only mentions Ngati Hei and no one else.
  • I could be having a senior moment and am open to being pointed in the right direction.
  • Cheers and thanks.
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