Review of management settings in the East Otago Taiāpure

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Contact: Inshore fisheries management

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is consulting on the following package of fisheries regulation changes recommended to the Minister of Fisheries by the East Otago Taiāpure Committee:

  • temporary closure to recreational pāua fishing
  • closure to commercial pāua fishing
  • prohibiting harvesting of 7 species of kelp
  • prohibiting the use of set-nets
  • prohibiting filleting of fish at sea.

We want your feedback on the proposals, which are detailed in the consultation document. Consultation runs from 26 October to 7 December 2018. 

Background to consultation

Under the Fisheries Act 1996, the committee has the power to recommend regulations for the conservation and management of fish, aquatic life or seaweed in the area covered by the taiāpure.

The committee has held concerns for the pāua fishery within the taiāpure since it was established in 2001.  Since then, 2 areas have been closed to pāua fishing and the recreational bag limit has been reduced from 10 to 5.  Despite these measures, surveys by Otago University have shown that pāua numbers continue to decline.

These proposals are intended to support the committee objectives to:

  • ensure access to abundant fisheries
  • promote the use of customary management
  • avoid, remedy or mitigate impacts of human activities.

Consultation document

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the proposed changes by 5pm on 7 December 2018 to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

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

Inshore Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation or a company).

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 MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

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