Fisheries NZ Consultation - Proposed temporary fisheries closure of Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island) and nearby islands

Fisheries New Zealand seeks feedback on the proposed temporary fisheries closure of Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island) and nearby islands.

The Motairehe Marae Trust, supported by iwi trust board Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea, has requested a temporary closure to the harvest of scallops, pāua, and rock lobster, from the fisheries waters within 3 nautical miles of:

  • Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island)
  • Little Barrier Island (Te Hauturu-o-Toi)
  • the Mokohinau Islands
  • Simpson Rock and Horn Rock.

The request is for a 2-year closure.

After the request was made, the Northland Scallop Fishery (SCA 1) and Coromandel Scallop Fishery (SCA CS), which include the proposed area, were closed to commercial and recreational scallop fishing under section 11 of the Fisheries Act 1996. The Motairehe Marae Trust Board wish to continue with their request to prohibit the harvest of scallops, pāua, and rock lobster to establish their tino rangatiratanga in the decision-making process.

The consultation closes on the 21st of August 2023. 

For more information see the Fisheries New Zealand website.