Bylaws for the Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō Mātaitai

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Contact: Manager Inshore Fisheries

Have your say

The Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiaki for the Whakaraupō Mātaitai are proposing a package of bylaws to improve fisheries within the mātaitai.  This includes changes to the daily bag limits for a number of fish, shell fish and seaweed species within the mātaitai reserve boundaries.

Consultation document

Proposed Mātaitai Bylaws for the Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō Mātaitai Reserve [PDF, 632 KB]

What's being proposed?

Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiakai for the Whakaraupō Mātaitai have proposed bylaws that would ensure sustainability and enhance stocks.

These include:

  • setting reduced recreational daily limits for a number of local fish and shellfish species;
  • prohibit taking shellfish other than other than pāua, tuaki (cockles), pipi, kutai (mussels), pāpaka (crabs) or tio (oysters);
  • prohibit taking seaweed except karengo and wakame (Undaria);
  • close two areas to taking tuaki in order to allow for enhancement of those tuaki beds.

Making your submission

You can make submissions about the proposed bylaws by emailing

Put “Whakaraupō Mātaitai bylaws proposal” in the subject line of your email.

While we prefer email, you can also post your written submission to:

Manager Inshore Fisheries
Fisheries New Zealand
Private Bag 1926
Dunedin 9054.

Submissions open on 1 November 2019 and will close at 5pm on Friday 13 December 2019.  

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

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