Update on PTB Proposal to apply a Section 186A Closure on Mair and Marsden Banks, Marsden Point for the harvesting of all shellfish species

This proposal was lodged with the Ministry of Primary Industries in 2017 in response to kutai/mussels regenerating after many years but essentially being completely exhausted through harvesting in just one season. Our rohe moana committee are preparing a mahinga maitaitai reserve application and are also into the 3rd year of a 5 Year Monitoring Programme of the health of the pipi beds. It is proposed that the existing closure in place to collection of pipi be extended to cover all shellfish species to allow this bed to rejuvenate and give us time to get our mataitai application through so we can consolidate our effort and eventually get bylaws in place to better manage this important taonga species. On that basis the intention is that the closure to rebuild all species will both:

  • improve the availability and size of all the shellfish which are utilised by Patuharakeke and the wider community for customary and recreational purposes; and
  • recognise the customary practice of Patuharakeke which is to exercise kaitiakitanga by managing  all the species on the Bank as an integrated group, not by managing individual species.
  • be simpler from a compliance and monitoring perspective for fisheries officers and tangata kaitiaki.

In 2017 the Ministry of Primary Industries ran a round of public consultation on the closure proposal. Of the 13 submissions received, 12 were in support of the closure following consultation carried out by PTB with the community.  We are also thankful for several letters of support received from:

  • Waipu Boating Club
  • Ngatiwai Trust Board
  • Ruakaka Residents and Ratepayers Association
  • Te Parawhau Hapu, and
  • Bream Bay College.

It has taken some time but the Minister has now approved the proposal and it will shortly come into force over the area shown in the map below (see attached gazettal notice). Should you have any queries please contact admin@patuharakeke.maori.nz

Attachment: Fisheries (Marsden Bank and Mair Bank Temporary Closure) Notice 2018 [20…