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Proposed temporary closure for harvesting mussels, Ōhiwa Harbour, Bay of Plenty

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Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa has requested a 2-year closure over an area within Ōhiwa Harbour to the harvest of mussels, under section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996.

The request follows a mussel rejuvenation research project. Closing the proposed area will allow the mussel population the opportunity to recover free from harvesting.

Fisheries New Zealand invites written submissions from anyone who has an interest in the species concerned, or in the effects of fishing in the area concerned.

Closure request form

Request from Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa for the Ōhiwa Harbour temporary closure [PDF, 577 KB]

Area boundary of the proposed closure

The proposed area is about 0.1 square kilometres, along about 650 metres of coastline.

Map of the proposed closure area within Ōhiwa Harbour [PDF, 1 MB]

Making your submission

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 29 July 2024.

Email your submission to

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

Fisheries Management – Spatial Allocations
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140. 

Public notices

Public notices about the call for submissions are scheduled to appear in the Bay of Plenty Times and Whakatāne Beacon on Wednesday 12 June 2024.

Related information

Section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 allows 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, if satisfied that the closure, restriction, or prohibition will recognise and provide for the use and management practices of tangata whenua in the exercise of non-commercial fishing rights.

Find out more about temporary closures

A temporary closure in this area will apply to recreation, commercial, and customary fishing.

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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