9th September 2021 By Staff Reporter | firstname.lastname@example.org | @foodtickernz
The Ministry for Primary Industries will close the east Coromandel scallop fishery for two years following a request from the Ngāti Hei Trust, which has concerns over the sustainability of stocks.
The closure covers scallop fishing in an area extending along the east Coromandel coastline from Anarake Point to Ruahiwihiwi Point, where Ngāti Hei exercises mana moana, and includes Opito Bay. Other fishing in the area can continue under existing rules.
MPI’s director of fisheries management, Emma Taylor, said public consultation on the request took place between April and May.
The closure period starts this Saturday 11 September.
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