Closures continue to build on rāhui
New Zealand fisheries legislation supports rāhui (traditional closures for a set period) through regulated temporary
closures, as well as fishing method restrictions and prohibitions.
In response to declining local stocks, the
Minister of Fisheries has approved five
In North Island waters, the green-lipped
mussel beds in Ohiwa Harbour remain
closed until 20 July 2008. However, the
tangata whenua have requested that these
beds remain closed for a further two years.
The green-lipped mussel beds between Moturiki and Motuotau Islands at Mt
Maunganui remain closed until 6 December
2009. The Kaipara Harbour scallop fishery
is closed until 13 September 2008. Only
hand-line fishing is allowed within Pukerua
Bay until 7 June 2009.
In South Island waters, an area off
Kaikoura – Whakatu Quay is closed to
the taking of all fisheries resources until 17 August 2008. The tangata whenua
have requested a renewal of the temporary
closure for a further two-year period.
While the decline of these local fisheries
has been largely because of fishing
pressure, environmental conditions may
also be playing a role