Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Waikato-Tainui fisheries bylaws approved

Hon Nathan Guy

Minister for Primary Industries


12 March 2014 Media Statement

Waikato-Tainui fisheries bylaws approved

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has approved the first set of fisheries bylaws for the Waikato-Tainui Fisheries Area, supporting the joint government-iwi commitment to restore and protect the Waikato River for future generations.

The bylaws, under the Waikato-Tainui (Waikato River Fisheries) Regulations 2011, allow Waikato-Tainui to exercise traditional management practices to prohibit or restrict fishing for sustainable utilisation or cultural reasons.

The new bylaws take effect on 10 April and include:

• A prohibition on the taking of female migrant longfin eels

• Minimum weights for commercially harvested eels (300g for shortfin eels and 400g for longfin eels)

• A maximum weight of 2kg for commercially harvested eels

• Seasonal closure prohibiting the commercial harvest of any eels from specific streams and rivers of the Whangamarino Wetland during the tuna heke (eel migration) from 1 March to 31 May.

• Temporary prohibition on the taking of fisheries resources from any area within the Waikato-Tainui Fisheries Area due to the occurrence of a human death.

“These new bylaws will support eel migration and the sustainability of the fishery,” says Mr Guy.

“At the same time, they should have only a minor impact on commercial fishers. Some of these bylaws complement existing regulations or formalise some voluntary measures put in place by commercial eel fishers, and there is plenty of area still to fish in.

“Waikato-Tainui have done a good job in gaining the agreement of the various users of the Waikato-Tainui Fisheries Area.”

The Ministry for Primary Industries and Waikato-Tainui will work with commercial eel fishers and other users to implement the bylaws.

Waikato-Tainui will also fund an eel monitoring programme so the effect of the bylaws can be periodically reviewed, as well as any other research necessary to ensure the health of the eel fisheries.

The Waikato-Tainui Fisheries Area covers the lower Waikato River catchment from Karapiro to the Waikato River mouth.

http://www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/Maori/Waikato-Tainui+Fisheries+Area+Bylaws.htm

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations

A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected

Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

ALSO:

PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support

Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump

Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Make NZ Make Again: Greens Will Establish A Minister For Manufacturing

The Green Party announced today that it will establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Cabinet, to better represent the interests of manufacturers and ensure they thrive. The Minister will be inside Cabinet and have responsibility for the long-term interests of the manufacturing sector. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news