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Enabling pāua translocation as part of an approved fisheries plan with a special permit

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand wants your feedback about creating a new purpose under which special permits may be approved. Special permits allow certain activity that would usually be restricted under the Fisheries Act 1996. The proposed new purpose is to enable pāua translocation as part of an approved fisheries plan.

Translocation involves moving pāua from one area to another.

Full details are in the consultation document.

Consultation document

Enabling pāua translocation as part of an approved fisheries plan: discussion document [PDF, 310 KB]

Related document

Background information on special permits [PDF, 148 KB]

Why are we proposing a new purpose?

Special permits are a fisheries management tool that enables the taking of fish, aquatic life, or seaweed for purposes including:

  • investigative research
  • education
  • eradication and management of unwanted aquatic life
  • gear trials
  • any other purpose approved by the Minister of Ocean and Fisheries.

Previous pāua translocation trials have taken place under a special permit issued for investigative research. This purpose is not appropriate to manage longer term pāua translocation activities which form part of a fisheries management strategy under an approved pāua fisheries plan.

Making your submission

Feedback on the proposed new special permit purpose must be submitted by 5pm on 12 January 2022.

Email your submission to 

While we prefer email, you can post submissions to:

Aquaculture and Fisheries Permitting
Fisheries New Zealand
Private Bag 14
Nelson 7042
New Zealand.

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

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