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Fishing closures proposed for the Hauraki Gulf

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Fishing closures proposed for the Hauraki Gulf

Fisheries New Zealand is inviting feedback on temporary fishing closures across three separate areas within the Hauraki Gulf. Photo: Adobe Stock

Three iwi – Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, and Ngāti Tamaterā – have submitted requests for the temporary closure of three separate areas within the Hauraki Gulf. The iwi are members of the Pou Rāhui Research Project, an initiative incorporating mātauranga Māori alongside modern scientific tools to restore identified marine taonga species within rāhui areas of their rohe.

The project is aimed at developing iwi capability for assessing the need for rāhui and managing their implementation.

They’ve expressed concern for the long-term sustainability of certain taonga species in their rohe moana.

“The removal of fishing pressure is an immediate way we can help these taonga species recover so they continue to provide for future generations,” said Emma Taylor, director Fisheries Management.

The proposed closures cover Waiheke Island, Umupuia Beach near the Duder Regional Park, and the coastline of Te Mātā and Waipatukahu and, if approved, would prohibit the take of some shellfish species from these areas for two years.

Fisheries New Zealand is currently seeking feedback from the public.

“We’d like to hear from anyone with an interest to understand the viewpoints and experiences of the people affected by the proposals. This information is considered alongside science and any other relevant facts to develop advice for the Minister who will make the final decision.”

Submissions can be made online by 5pm on 7 June 2024. For more information, visit mpi.govt.nz or contact fisheriesnz_media@mpi.govt.nz.

Summary of temporary closures

Waiheke Island: Prohibit the take of kūta (mussels), kōura (rock lobster), pāua, and beach cast tipa (scallops), the taking of other scallops is already prohibited.

Umupuia Beach: Prohibit the take of tuangi (cockles).

Te Mātā and Waipatukahu: Prohibit the take of tio (oysters), kūtai (mussels), pipi, and tuangi (cockles).

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