Bylaws for the Rāpaki Mātaitai

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Contact: Manager Inshore Fisheries

Update – 22 June 2020

Consultation reopened: bylaws revised

This further consultation closes 5pm on 31 July 2020.

Following the consultation that closed on 13 December 2019, Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiaki have revised some of the proposed bylaws for shellfish within the mātaitai. The bylaws for finfish and seaweed are unchanged.

The Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiaki now propose to also close the mātaitai to the harvest of both pipi and tio (oysters). Fisheries New Zealand has reopened the consultation so that you can tell us what you think about the revised bylaws.

What the revised bylaws say

No person may, in any one day, take from within the Rāpaki Bay Mātaitai Reserve more than:

  1. Thirty kutai (mussels)
  2. Ten pāpaka (crabs)

Taking shellfish (other than kutai (mussels) or pāpaka (crabs) from within the reserve is prohibited.

How the revised bylaws differ from the original request

For comparison, the shellfish bylaws that were proposed in the original consultation that closed on 13 December 2019 were:

No person may, in any one day, take from within the Rāpaki Bay Mātaitai Reserve more than:

  1. Thirty pipi
  2. Thirty kutai (mussels)
  3. Ten pāpaka (crabs)
  4. Ten tio (oysters)
  5. Thirty tuaki (cockles)

The taking of shellfish (other than pipi, kutai (mussels), pāpaka (crabs) or tio (oysters)) from within the reserve is prohibited.

Consultation document

Revised Bylaws for the Rāpaki Mātaitai Reserve [PDF, 319 KB]

Have your say about the revised bylaws

Fisheries New Zealand considers that the revised bylaws have changed sufficiently from the first consultation to warrant reopening submissions.

You can make submissions about the revised proposed bylaws by emailing fmsubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

This further consultation closes 5pm on 31 July 2020.

Information about the earlier consultation follows this update notice.

Have your say

The Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiaki of the Rāpaki 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, shellfish and seaweed species within the mātaitai reserve boundaries.

Consultation document

Proposed Mātaitai Bylaws for the Rāpaki Mātaitai Reserve [PDF, 597 KB]

What's being proposed?

There are existing bylaws for the Rāpaki Mātaitai which are being updated and revised.  The existing bylaws can be found at the New Zealand Gazette  

Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiakai for the Rāpaki 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 tuaki (cockles), pipi, kutai (mussels), pāpaka (crabs) or tio (oysters).
  • prohibit taking seaweed except karengo and wakame (Undaria).

Making your submission

You can make submissions about the proposed bylaws by emailing fmsubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

Put “Rāpaki 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.

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).

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it.  That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it. 

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