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Emergency earthquake measures
In June 2017 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) advised it was reviewing the current emergency closure along the Kaikoura and Cape Campbell coastlines. MPI were proposing to replace the emergency closure with a new closure under section 11 of the Fisheries Act 1996.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council submitted in support of a full closure to the harvesting of shellfish and seaweeds under section 11 of the Fisheries Act 1996.
On November 14th 2016 an earthquake struck the South Island’s eastern seaboard causing significant damage to property, a loss of life, and an upheaval of the ground not previously seen. The Kaikoura and Cape Campbell coastline was transformed when much of the inshore reef system uplifted out of the sea, exposing paua, crayfish, other shellfish, and seaweeds.
Nathan Guy, the Minister for Primary Industries, used emergency measures to close the coastline to the harvest of paua, other shellfish, seaweeds, and crayfish. The temporary closure was valid until 20 February 2017.
On January 20th the Ministry advised they were consulting on a proposed 9-month extension of the emergency closure. Submissions were requested by 31 January.
On 31 January the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council submitted in support of extending the closure until November.
A Ministerial decision was announced on 20 February, advising the closure had been extended until November. The closure applies to the harvest of paua, other shellfish, and seaweeds, except crayfish and scampi.
The closure extends from Marfells Beach, near Ward, south to the Conway River, to the south of the Kaikoura township, and offshore to 4 nautical miles.
What follows is a summary of relevant, available documents. Latest documents are at the top of the list.
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Nathan Guy, the Minister for Primary Industries has agreed with the NZ Sport Fishing Council’s submission on reducing catch limits in two earthquake affected Paua stocks, Paua 3 & 7. He has also agreed with our submission supporting a closure of the Kaikoura and Cape Campbell coastlines to the harvesting of shellfish and seaweeds, under section 11 of the Fisheries Act 1996.
All Submissions – Closure of Kaikoura and Review of selected inshore fish stocks. July 2017
MPI Proposal. Closure of Kaikoura and Cape Campbell coasts. June 2017
On 20th February Nathan Guy, the Minister for Primary Industries, announced the extension to the temporary closure that prohibits the harvest of shellfish and seaweeds along the Kaikoura and Cape Campbell coastline until 5pm on 20 November 2017.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council recommends the Minister extends the emergency closure to the maximum term allowed under section 16(3) of the Fisheries Act 1996, emergency closure regulations. This would see the closure in place unitl 20th November 2017.
A collation of public submissions in response to the proposed extension of the emergency closure of the Kaikoura coastline to the harvest of shellfish and seaweed, excluding rock lobster and scampi. Most submissions support the extended closure by the Minister.
Map of the closure area. The temporary closure covers the coastline between the Conway River to Marfells Beach area, and offshore to 4 nautical miles.
More information from MPI on reasons for the temporary closure that prohibits the harvest of shellfish and seaweeds along the Kaikoura and Cape Campbell coastline until 5pm on 20 November 2017.