Te Ngāi Tū Ahuriri Rūnanga has applied for a mātaitai reserve along the coastline north of Amberley Beach in North Canterbury. Fisheries New Zealand invites submissions from persons having a fishing interest in the stock or stocks in the proposed mātaitai reserve area. People with a fishing interest are those who take fish, aquatic life, or seaweed or own quota, and whose ability to take such fish, aquatic life, or seaweed or whose ownership interest in quota may be affected.
A mātaitai reserve is an identified traditional fishing ground and is established for the purpose of customary food gathering. Mātaitai reserves are limited to fisheries waters and do not include any land area.
Te Ngāi Tū Ahuriri Rūnanga and Fisheries New Zealand have previously consulted with the local community on this application. That consultation did not result in any changes being made to the application.
The closing date for submissions from fishing interests is 24 February 2020.
For more information see the Fisheries New Zealand website.