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Commercial fishing regulations in the Bay of Islands

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For many years there has been a variety of restrictions on commercial fishing in the Bay of Islands. The maps below indicate the main areas and seasons closed to commercial fishing.

All boundaries drawn are indicative only - please refer government legislation for exact details.

To find legislation governing commercial fishing visit: http://www.legislation.govt.nz

Download DoC's area based restrictions brochure here (see pgs 38-43)

Fishing in Maunganui Bay (Deep Water Cove) is against the law!

rahui location aerialFishing (except for gathering kina) within Maunganui Bay / Deep Water Cove is against the law. This area has been closed since 2010.

It is closed under section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996. You can not take any species of fish, aquatic life, or seaweed, except for kina.

Fines up to a maximum of $100,000 apply for breaching the regulations.

 

 

 

Bottlenose dolphins in the Bay of Islands need our help!

Bottlenose dolphin feedingPhoto: Cat PetersA Massey University report has made the following findings about the Bay of Islands dolphin population:

  • Since 1999 the number of local bottlenose dolphin visiting the Bay of Islands has declined by 66%
  • It is estimated 75% of dolphin calves have died before reaching independence.
  • Dolphins spend 86% of daylight hours in the presence of at least one boat.
  • Both commercial and private vessels are altering the behaviours of the dolphins and in particular affecting those behaviours which are biologically critical for their survival.

 

Te Puna mātaitai

te puna mataitai 2Ngā Hapū o Taiamai ki Te Marangi have established the 20 sq km Te Puna mātaitai within their rohe moana area in the western Bay of Islands (area chart below).

  • Tangata whenua are authorised by the Minister of Fisheries under s.23 of the Kaimoana Customary Fishing Regulations 1998 to manage and control the non-commercial harvest of seafood through a local committee.
  • Mataitai reserves are permanent, though the bylaws can change over time.
  • No commercial fishing is allowed within the area (unless recommended by the committee)
  • The kaitiaki can set bylaws to manage the fishing in the area.
  • Both Maori and non-Maori may fish in mātaitai reserves.

Download the Te Puna mātaitai boundaries boundaries here

Mataitai reserves are created in areas of traditional importance to Maori for customary food gathering.

Boaties, check you know the Bay of Islands discharge rules!

marine toiletIn our harbours, untreated sewage can contaminate the shellfish we eat or make water unsafe for swimming for a long time after it's discharged.

Dispose of your boat sewage properly. No discharging untreated sewage in the dark blue areas highlighted on the map below!

  • 500 m from the high-tide mark
  • Shallower than 5 m

Alternatively, pump it out at a marina pumping facility.

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