Customary regulations for the Tītī/Muttonbird Islands

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Contact: Inshore Fisheries Team
Telephone: 0800 008 383

Regulations implemented

The Tītī/Muttonbird Islands’ birding community traditionally gathers kaimoana, particularly shellfish, while on the islands for the tītī harvest. In June 2015, the Government agreed to make regulations to recognise and provide for this customary food gathering and the special relationship between the Tītī Islands birding community and areas around the islands.

The regulations were implemented through amendments to the Fisheries (Southland and Sub-Antarctic Areas Commercial Fishing) Regulations 1986 which came into effect on 9 July 2015. The regulations:

  • prohibit the commercial harvest of kina and paua in 25 areas;
  • prohibit the commercial harvest of kina, alone, in 5 areas; and
  • prohibit the commercial harvest of paua, kina and rock lobster in 1 area.

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Consultation process

Consultation was originally opened in May 2010 and was undertaken by the then Ministry of Fisheries. The submission period closed on 16 June 2010. Details of the Ministry of Fisheries’ consultation and copies of information that was released in 2010 can be found below.

In October 2014, the Ministry for Primary Industries wrote to submitters to ask if they had any new information or any change to their submissions. Submitters were sent copies of their submissions and the initial position paper from 2010. In response to a query from a submitter, a follow up email was sent to submitters to provide details of changes made to the original proposal and updated maps.


Consultation on 4 Regulatory Proposals for December 2010

MFish is consulting with stakeholders and tangata whenua on 4 proposals that could result in changes to regulation. If approved, these regulations would take effect in December 2010.

A summary of the proposals can be found in the stakeholder consultation letter below.

Initial Position Papers (IPPs) are posted below for the following proposals:

  • Customary regulations for the Southern Titi/Muttonbird Islands
  • Review of Challenger Area Commercial Fishing Regulation 11
  • Management options for basking sharks to give effect to New Zealand’s international obligations
  • Return of kina to the sea

In respect of the proposal for Customary regulations for the Southern Titi/Muttonbird Islands, also posted is information on the Customary Fisheries Protected Areas Project that is referenced in the IPP, and background information on Titi harvesting, the importance of the islands, and kaimoana harvesting associated with that.

This background information is provided by Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. Any views expressed in these two documents do not necessarily reflect the views of the Ministry of Fisheries.

If you require any further information on any of the proposals, please do not hesitate to contact:

  • Customary regulations for the Southern Titi/Muttonbird Islands – Allen Frazer (03) 466 3682 or e-mail allen.frazer@fish.govt.nz
  • Review of Challenger Area Commercial Fishing Regulation 11 – Celina Garcia (09) 820 7690 or e-mail celina.garcia@fish.govt.nz
  • Management options for basking sharks to give effect to New Zealand’s international obligations – Vicky Reeve at MFish (04) 819 4606 or e-mail vicky.reeve@fish.govt.nz , or Ian Angus at the Department of Conservation (04) 471 3121 or iangus@doc.govt.nz
  • Return of kina to the sea - Allen Frazer (03) 466 3682 or e-mail allen.frazer@fish.govt.nz

The closing date for submissions on all four IPPs is Wednesday 16 June 2010.

Submissions can be sent by email/post to Trudie Macfarlane at trudie.macfarlane@fish.govt.nz or Trudie Macfarlane, Ministry of Fisheries, PO Box 1020, Wellington 6140.

 

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