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23rd March 2020

3-Year Kūtai /Mussel Closure
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The Minister of Fisheries has approved a bylaw that prohibits the take or possession of three types of mussel: green lipped, black, and blue mussels from within the Te Puna Mātaitai area - effective 23rd March 2020 for three years.

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Te Puna Mātaitai
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Ngā Hapū o Taiamai ki Te Marangai have established the 20 sq km Te Puna Mātaitai within our rohe moana area in the western Bay of Islands

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  • Tangata whenua are authorised by the Minister of Fisheries under s.23 of the Kaimoana Customary Fishing Regulations 1998 to manage and control the non-commercial harvest of seafood through a local committee.
  • Mātaitai reserves are permanent, though the bylaws can change over time.
  • No commercial fishing is allowed within the area (unless recommended by the committee)
  • The kaitiaki can set bylaws to manage the fishing in the area.
  • Both Maori and non-Maori may fish in mātaitai reserves.

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