Proposed temporary fishing closure around Astrolabe Reef, Bay of Plenty
Your views sought
The Motiti Rohe Moana Trust, on behalf of Nga Hapu o te Moutere o Motiti, has requested a 2-year temporary closure to the take of all fisheries resources, in the fisheries waters within 3 nautical miles of a point on Astrolabe Reef, Bay of Plenty.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites written submissions on the request from persons having an interest in the fisheries resources concerned or in the effects of fishing in the area concerned.
What's being proposed?
The proposed temporary closure includes the fisheries waters within 3 nautical miles of a point on Astrolabe Reef, Bay of Plenty, at 37°32.420'S and 176°25.730'E. The proposed area is about 97 square kilometres.
Copies of the proposal are available on request by:
- emailing FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz
- writing to Fisheries Management – Spatial Allocations, Ministry for Primary Industries, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140
How to make a submission
The closing date for written submissions from persons having an interest in the fisheries resources concerned or in the effects of fishing in the area concerned is Monday, 14 March 2016.
Email your submission to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz
You can also post your submission to:
Fisheries Management – Spatial Allocations
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Submissions are public information
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