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National rec only areas
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National Party Primary
7 September 2014 Media Release
National to create two recreational fishing parks
Conservation Spokesman Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries Spokesman
Nathan Guy today announced a re-elected National Government will introduce
two recreational fishing parks covering areas of the inner Hauraki Gulf and the
Marlborough Sounds as part of a wider reform of marine protection legislation.
“This is a first for New Zealand. We are going to create a new concept of
recreational fishing parks in a new Marine Protected Areas Act. These areas will
be reserved predominantly for recreational fishing and will enhance the
opportunity for Kiwi families to catch fish in areas like the inner Hauraki Gulf and
the Marlborough Sounds,” Dr Smith says.
“These proposed in-shore parks are in two of the most popular areas for
recreational fishing in the country. They would be managed for a range of
recreational activities by an advisory board of local users, and would exclude
most commercial fishing,” he says.
“On a typical summer’s day on the Hauraki Gulf, there can be up to 6,900
recreational vessels on the water – that equals around 21,000 fishers. National
wants to preserve the inner Hauraki Gulf exclusively for these fishers, so families
in Auckland and across the wider region can continue to enjoy one of the
country’s best-loved pastimes,” Mr Guy says.
The proposed Hauraki Recreational Fishing Park would extend across the inner
Hauraki Gulf, incorporating Statistical Area 7 in Fisheries Management Area 1
and Omaha Bay, and would exclude all commercial activity. Currently some
snapper, flounder, john dory, crayfish and kahawai are caught commercially
within the area, although it does not account for a significant part of the catches
of any of those species.
The Marlborough Sounds Recreational Fishing Park would cover the current area
of the Marlborough Sounds Blue Cod Management Area and exclude commercial
finfishing. This means that commercial fishers could continue to have marine
farms and fish for species such as paua, scallop and crayfish within the park.
Currently the commercial finfishing catch in the area is snapper, groper, bass and
blue cod but again, it is not a high-value area for commercial finfishers.
“National is committed to providing fair compensation for commercial fishers who
currently operate in these areas. Some will be able to catch their finfish quota
outside these new recreational fishing parks, but others will be adversely affected.
We will be establishing a legal mechanism based on current legislative principles
for compensating quota holders, and the level of compensation will be decided on
following discussions with industry,” says Mr Guy.
Dr Smith says the Marine Protected Areas Act 1971 is outdated and needs
“Our new law will provide for a range of marine protected areas, from no-take
marine reserves, recreational fishing parks, species-specific sanctuaries and
seabed reserves. The new Marine Protected Areas Act will broaden the purpose
to include conservation and recreation, allow for marine protected areas in the
Exclusive Economic Zone, provide for a stronger role for local communities and
iwi in decision-making, and improve the processes for establishing reserves,
parks and sanctuaries.”
“This reform is part of our ambition for New Zealand to be a world leader in the
responsible use, management and conservation of our ocean environment. We
have established record numbers of new marine reserves and passed new laws
for managing activities in our Exclusive Economic Zone. A new Marine Protected
Areas Act is the next logical step,” Dr Smith says.
“National is striking the right balance between the interests of everyday Kiwi
fishers, environmental responsibility and economic opportunity in our world-leading
sustainable fisheries,” Mr Guy says.
“A re-elected National Government will publish a discussion paper on these
proposals for consultation in November. We want to work with all stakeholders on
these new recreational fishing parks and marine protected areas legislation to
enhance the management of New Zealand’s ocean environment,” Dr Smith
Attached: 2 x maps of proposed recreational fishing parks
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