The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today announced that Maunganui Bay will be closed under section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 to fishing for all species except kina for a further two years until 13th October 2018
Maunganui Bay, on the Cape Brett Peninsula in the Bay of Islands, was first closed to all fishing except kina on 1 December 2010 for a two year period.
Ngati Kuta and Patukeha ki Te Rawhiti, the two resident hapu, have requested a further closure as they consider that more time is required to allow depleted stocks in Maunganui Bay to continue rebuilding.
The two hapu have maintained a traditional rahui (closure) over Maunganui Bay since March 2009, due to their concern about the depletion of fish stocks. The further closure provides ongoing statutory support for the traditional rahui