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Proposed temporary fishing closures at Tangoiro/Waihirere and Motuoroi, north of Gisborne

Your views sought

Ngāti Wakarara – Ngāti Hau Takutai Kaitiaki Trust has requested 2 temporary closures, one at Tangoiro/Waihirere and the other at Motuoroi, both north of Gisborne. Both requested closures would prohibit the take of finfish and shellfish, including crustaceans and rock lobster, for 2 years.

Fisheries New Zealand invites written submissions in response to the request from anyone who has an interest in the species concerned or in the effects of fishing in the areas concerned.

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.

The closure request from the Trust [PDF, 682 KB]

Maps of the proposed closure areas

Proposed Tangoiro/Waihirere temporary closure [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Proposed Motuoroi temporary closure [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Both proposed temporary closures [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Area boundaries

The area of the proposed Tangoiro/Waihirere temporary closure covers about 0.7 square kilometres, and includes all those fisheries waters within the following lines:

  • starting at a point on the mean high-water mark south-west of Māwhai Point at 38°11.205'S and 178°21.163'E; then 
  • proceeding in a straight line in a south-westerly direction to a point on the mean high-water mark at the southern end of Waihirere Beach at 38°12.206'S and 178°20.039'E; then 
  • proceeding in a generally north-easterly direction along the mean-high-water mark to the starting point.

The area of the proposed Motuoroi temporary closure covers about 1.2 square kilometres, and includes all those fisheries waters within the following lines:

  • starting at a point on the mean high-water mark near the Lockwood Woolshed at 38°15.005'S and 178°19.436'E; then 
  • proceeding in a straight line in a north-easterly direction to a point on the mean high-water mark at the northern most point of Motuoroi Island at 38°14.842'S and 178°20.008'E; then 
  • proceeding along the western then southern mean high-water mark of Motuoroi Island, in a generally south-easterly direction, to a point on the mean high-water mark at the eastern most point of Motuoroi Island at 38°14.987'S and 178°20.628'E; then 
  • proceeding in a straight line in a south-westerly direction to a point on the mean high-water mark near the headland between Anaura Bay and Mārau Beach at 38°15.779'S and 178°20.014'E; then 
  • proceeding in a generally north-westerly direction along the mean-high-water mark to the starting point.

Making your submission 

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday 13 March 2023. State in your submission which areas you are referring to.

Email your submission to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

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

Spatial 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 Gisborne Herald on Wednesday 25 January 2023.

Find out more

Temporary fishing closures

Fisheries Act 1996 – NZ Legislation

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