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Call for submissions: Request for a temporary fishing closure in the Leigh – Tawharanui area

Posted by: Mahurangi Matters

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Request for a temporary fishing closure in the Leigh – Tawharanui area

Pursuant to section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996, the Protect Rock Pools Committee has requested a temporary fishing closure of the fisheries waters along a coastal strip approximately 360 m wide, between the Cape Rodney – Okakari Point Marine Reserve (commonly known as the Leigh or Goat Island Marine Reserve) and the Tawharanui Marine Reserve, excluding Whangateau Harbour.

The requested temporary closure will prohibit hand-gathering of all species of fish, aquatic life, or seaweed, except pāua, rock lobster, kina, cockles, pipis, dredge oysters, scallops, and tuatua. The requested temporary closure is for a two-year period.

Temporary closures apply to recreational, commercial, and customary fishing.

Proposed Leigh – Tawharanui temporary closure

The temporary closure includes all that area of New Zealand fisheries waters enclosed by a line:

(a) starting at a point on the mean high-water mark on the eastern boundary of the Cape Rodney – Okakari Point Marine Reserve at 36°16.638’S and 174°49.296’E; then

(b) proceeding in a straight line in a northerly direction to a point approximately 360 m offshore, on the eastern boundary of the Cape Rodney – Okakari Point Marine Reserve, at 36°16.443’S and 174°49.296’E; then

(c) proceeding in a generally south-westerly then south-easterly direction along a line every point of which is approximately 360 m offshore from the mean high-water mark to a point offshore north of the western boundary of the Tawharanui Marine Reserve at 36°21.486’S and 174°49.256’E; then

(d) proceeding in a straight line in a southerly direction to a point on the mean high-water mark on the western boundary of the Tawharanui Marine Reserve at 36°21.735’S and 174°49.259’E; then(e) proceeding along the mean high-water mark in a generally north-westerly direction to a point at approximately the middle groyne at Te Tamutu Point at the southern entrance of Whangateau Harbour at 36°19.312’S and 174°46.789’E; then

(f) proceeding in a straight line to a point on the mean-high water mark on Ti Point at 36°19.184’S and 174°47.024’E; then

(g) proceeding in a generally north-easterly direction along the mean high-water mark to the starting point.

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.

Submissions must be made by 5pm, on Monday 31 January 2022. You can email your submission to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz.

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Spatial Planning and Allocations

Fisheries Management

Fisheries New Zealand

PO Box 2526

Wellington 6140.

Further information about temporary closures, including a copy of the request and a map of the proposed area, is available on the Fisheries New Zealand website (www.fisheries.govt.nz), or by contacting Fisheries New Zealand at the above address.

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have good reasons for withholding them. This is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it is personal information or commercially sensitive. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

Blake Abernethy, Team Manager Spatial Planning and Allocations

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