Update June 2022
Following the consultation, the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries has decided to temporarily close Marsden Bank and Mair Bank to the take of all shellfish between 29 June 2022 and 28 June 2024, inclusive.
Marsden bank and Mair Bank [PDF, 238 KB]
The Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board, on behalf of the Patuharakeke hapū, requested the further 2-year temporary closure to the harvest of all shellfish from Mair Bank and Marsden Bank, Marsden Point.
Fisheries New Zealand invited written submissions in response to the request from people who have an interest in the species concerned or in the effects of fishing in the area concerned.
Section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 allowed the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries to temporarily close an area, or temporarily restrict or prohibit the use of any fishing method in respect of an area.
Documents for the proposed closure
Request for the temporary closure [PDF, 5.2 MB]
Appendices to the request
- Appendix A – 2016-2019 Report [PDF, 3.2 MB]
- Appendix B – Patuharakeke Pipi Monitoring Program 2016-2020 [PDF, 7.6 MB]
- Appendix C – Preliminsary Findings Patuharakeke Pipi Survey 2022 [PDF, 18 MB]
- Appendix D – Northport letter of support [PDF, 360 KB]
- Appendix D – Parawhau ki Tai letter of support [PDF, 325 KB]
Coordinates and map of the proposed area
The proposed temporary closure covered all that area of New Zealand fisheries waters enclosed by a line:
- commencing at a point on the mean high-water mark at the base of the Marsden Point oil refinery jetty (at 35°50.24'S and 174°29.91'E); then
- proceeding in a north-easterly direction to a point at the seaward end of the Marsden Point oil refinery jetty (at 35°50.21'S and 174°29.95'E); then
- proceeding in a south-easterly direction to the Whangarei Harbour main channel port-hand buoy number 18 (at 35°50.32'S and 174°30.44'E); then
- proceeding in a south-easterly direction to the Whangarei Harbour main channel port-hand buoy number 16 (at 35°50.54'S and 174°30.94'E); then
- proceeding in a south-easterly direction to the Whangarei Harbour main channel port-hand buoy number 14 (at 35°50.76'S and 174°31.19'E); then
- proceeding in a south-westerly direction to a point offshore (at 35°50.86'S and 174°30.50'E); then
- proceeding due west to a point on the mean high-water mark (at 35°50.86'S and 174°29.65'E); then
- proceeding along the mean high-water mark in a generally north-easterly then north-westerly direction to the point of commencement.
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