Update – 10 November 2021
The Minister for Oceans and Fisheries has closed a small area within Akaroa Harbour to commercial and recreational pāua fishing. The closed area is in front of the Kaik at Onuku, from Pinnacle Rock to Te One Poto Bay.
The closure applies to all 3 species of pāua – black foot, yellow foot, and virgin pāua – and commences on 12 November 2021.
The closure applies to a small area in front of the Onuku Marae (refer to the map).
The closure has been put in place to give this accessible area a chance to rebuild the pāua populations within the area. The area will be re-opened when the pāua numbers have rebuilt to sustainable levels.
Find out more
The decision briefing paper on the closure of an area to pāua fishing within the Akaroa Tāiapure [PDF, 3.2 MB]
Notice of closure – NZ Gazette
Map of Akaroa Harbour and the Onuku pāua closure area