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Proposed further temporary fishing closure at Wakatu Quay, Kaikoura

What's proposed

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to section 186B of the Fisheries Act 1996, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has received a request from Te Runanga o Kaikoura for a further 2-year temporary closure at Wakatu Quay, Kaikoura to the take of any species of fish, aquatic life, or seaweed. The current temporary closure is due to expire on 16 July 2016.

Location of proposed temporary closure

The temporary closure includes the South Island fisheries waters enclosed by a line commencing at a point at the North Wharf (at 42˚24.79’S and 173˚42.19’E); then proceeding in a north-easterly direction to a point at Nine Pin Rock (at 42˚24.54’S and 173˚42.32’E); then proceeding in a south-easterly direction to a point at St Kilda Rocks (at 42˚24.80’S and 173˚42.80’E); then proceeding in a south-westerly direction to a point (at 42˚25.01’S and 173˚42.57’E); then proceeding in a westerly direction to a point on the coast (at 42˚25.02’S and 173˚42.50’E);  then proceeding in a north-westerly direction along the mean high-water springs mark of the coast of the South Island to the point of commencement.

A detailed map of the proposed area is available for download. If you can't download the map, email

Find out more about temporary closures

Your views sought

Written submissions in response to this request are invited from persons who have an interest in the stocks concerned or in the effects of fishing in the area.

A public notice calling for written submissions will be placed in The Marlborough Express on 16 April 2016 and the Kaikoura Star on 20 April 2016.

How to make a submission

Email your submission to:

You can also post your submission to:

Fisheries Management – Customary Fisheries and Spatial Allocations
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140.

The closing date for submissions is Monday, 23 May 2016.

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available, unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds 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, it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.