Umupuia-Closure-Application

Temporary closure application Umupuia Beach

June 2016

 

Introduction

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has advised that the Ngai Tai Umupuia Te Waka Totara Trust (the Trust) has applied for a further 2-year closure of Umupuia Beach, Manukau, to the harvest of cockles (tuangi). 

The current closure is due to expire on 24 September 2016. 

The Trust considers that a further 2-year closure will give them time to develop a management plan for the cockle fishery, using the latest stock survey results. Those results are not available yet, but the Trust wants to wait and allow the plan to be informed by the survey results. 

Section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 empowers the Minister for Primary Industries to temporarily close an area to the harvest of fish to recognise and provide for customary fishing interests in the area. 

NZSFC response

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council supports the Trust's application for a further 2-year closure of Umupuia Beach to the harvest of cockles. 

 

Process documents

This is a collection of documents relevant to this process. 

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NZSFC Submission. Temporary closure Umupuia Beach. 14 June 2016

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council - LegaSea submission supports the Trust's application for a further 2-year closure of Umupuia Beach to the harvest of cockles. The submitters acknowledge the Trust for their commitment to both protect and rebuild the cockle fishery, and educate the wider community. 

As submitters we urge the Ministry to assist the applicants by providing the necessary resources so the Trust can work towards their goal of abundance.


MPI letter. Temporary closure application. 7 June 2016

The Ministry for Primary Industries' letter advising that the Ngai Tai Umupuia Te Waka Totara Trust has applied for a further 2-year closure of Umupuia Beach, Manukau, to the harvest of cockles. This letter sets out the legal framework that enables the Minister to consider and approve temporary closures to both recognise and provide for customary fishing interests.