27th June 2022 Fisheries
Oceans and Fisheries Minister David Parker will represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the second United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, which runs from 27 June to 1 July.
Depleted scallop fisheries at Northland, Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel will close on 1 April.
Pāua gathering will no longer be allowed on the Kaikōura coastline as the harvest season has now finished.
NIWA scientists have completed a first successful deep water test run in the Cook Strait of a six-metre-long autonomous vessel to help them count fish.
The Waiheke Island scallop, mussel, rock lobster and pāua fisheries will close for a period of two years from 1 December, says the Ministry For Primary Industries.
Kaikōura’s pāua fishery, which has been closed since the November 2016 earthquakes disrupted local seabeds, is to reopen.
Covid-19 has highlighted the dependence of parts of the fishing sector on foreign workers, says the government.