Taranaki iwi has applied for a temporary closure under section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 to the harvest of all seaweed (excluding beach cast seaweed), all anemones, both Conger Eel species (Conger wilsoni and Conger verreauxi) and all shellfish along the Taranaki coast. All shellfish is defined as all species of the phylum Echinodermata and phylum Mollusca and all species of the class Crustacea at any stage of their life history, whether living or dead. This includes, but is not limited to, rock lobster, all crabs, octopus, pāua, kina and pupu (casteye).
Fisheries New Zealand invites written submissions on the requests from persons who have an interest in the stocks concerned or in the effects of fishing in the area concerned.
The closing date for submissions is 5 PM on Monday 12th September 2022.
For more information see the Fisheries New Zealand website.
MPI Consultation Document - Map of the proposed Taranaki temporary closure
MPI Consultation Document - Closure Request