Proposed temporary closure of the eastern Coromandel coast to the harvest of scallops

Closing Date:
Contact: Fisheries management – spatial planning and allocations

Your views sought

Ngāti Hei Trust has requested a temporary closure to the eastern Coromandel scallop fishery. The request is for a 2-year closure.

Fisheries New Zealand wants your feedback about the requests. You may have an interest in the species concerned or in the effects of fishing in the area.

What are temporary closures?

Reasons for the closure request

Ngāti Hei consider that a temporary closure will:

  • recognise and provide for the customary management practices of tangata whenua in the exercise of their non-commercial fishing rights
  • allow time for scallop stocks in the area to replenish and increase in number and size.

The request document from Ngāti Hei [PDF, 2 MB]

The proposed closure area

The proposed temporary closure covers all that area of New Zealand fisheries waters enclosed by a line:

  • starting at a point on the mean high-water mark at the northernmost extremity of Anarake Point (at 36°40.945'S and 175°36.320'E); then
  • proceeding in a straight line in an approximately north north-easterly direction to a point offshore (near Repanga/Cuvier Island) at 36°25.346'S and 175°41.679'E; then
  • proceeding in a straight line in an approximately north-easterly direction to a point offshore (near Repanga/Cuvier Island) at 36°22.534'S and 175°47.288'E; then
  • proceeding in a straight line in an approximately east south-easterly direction to a point offshore at 36°24.839'S and 176°01.044'E; then
  • proceeding in a straight line in an approximately south south-easterly direction to a point offshore at 36°46.499'S and 176°10.612'E; then
  • proceeding in a straight line in an approximately southerly direction to a point offshore (approximately south-east of the Alderman Islands) at 37°03.137'S and 176°12.669'E; then
  • proceeding in a straight line in a west south-westerly direction to a point on the mean high-water mark at Ruahiwihiwi Point at 37°06.822'S and 175°53.413'E; then
  • proceeding along the mean high-water mark to the starting point.

The proposed closure includes the waters around:

  • Repanga/Cuvier Island
  • Ahuahu/Great Mercury Island
  • Ohinau Island
  • the Alderman Islands
  • Whakahau/Slipper Island

Map of the proposed Eastern Coromandel temporary closure [PDF, 3.3 MB]

Making your submission

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday, 17 May 2021.

Email your submission to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

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

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

Public notice

A public notice about the call for submissions is scheduled to appear in the Waikato Times on 23 March 2021 and the Mercury Bay Informer on 30 March 2021.

What are temporary closures?

Temporary closures and restrictions on fishing methods recognise and provide for tangata whenua customary fishing rights and management practices. The closures apply to recreation, commercial, and customary fishing.

Anyone can request a temporary closure for up to 2 years, but the legislation was designed for customary use. To be approved, the Minister of Fisheries must consider the temporary closure will benefit tangata whenua.

The laws around temporary closures are in section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996.

Section 186A – NZ Legislation

Submissions are public information

Note that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained 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 that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision Fisheries New Zealand makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

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