Feedback sought on paua proposals

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Consultation has opened on proposed regulation changes for a fishery north of Dunedin, including the closure of paua fishing.

In a statement, Fisheries New Zealand inshore fisheries manager Steve Halley said the ministry was seeking feedback on several proposed fishery regulation changes for the East Otago Taiapure, which spans from Purakaunui to Waikouaiti.

The East Otago Taiapure committee had recommended the changes in a bid to rebuild declining fish stocks.

“We understand the importance of fishing to the community in this area, so we want everyone to have their say.”

The proposed changes were a closure to commercial paua fishing and a temporary closure to recreational paua fishing and prohibiting harvesting of seven species of kelp, the use of set-nets and filleting of fish at sea in the area.

The closure of the paua fishery would assist in rebuilding a stock of the shellfish.

If the paua fishery was closed, marae Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki and Otago University planned to reseed “depleted” areas in the taiapure with juvenile paua, Mr Halley said.

The consultation opened on Friday and closes on December 7.

Have your say: www.fisheries.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/review-of-management-settings-in-the-east-otago-taiapure/