Draft Marlborough Sounds Scallop Strategy

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Contact: Inshore fisheries management

Have your say

The Southern Scallop Working Group (SSWG) and Fisheries New Zealand are seeking your input into a draft Marlborough Sounds Scallop Strategy.

The Southern Scallop fishery (which includes the Marlborough Sounds) is currently closed. The draft strategy outlines the group’s immediate priority, which is to ensure that any future scallop fishing in the Marlborough Sounds is sustainable and allows the fishery to rebuild to healthy levels.

We would value your feedback and strongly encourage you to submit your views on the draft strategy. We look forward to hearing what you think, and working together to improve the scallop fishery.

You can send us your feedback between 2 July and 13 August 2019.  The SSWG will incorporate feedback into a final strategy to be released late this year.

Draft strategy

Draft Marlborough Sounds Scallop Strategy [PDF, 3.2 MB]

If you can’t open the document or would like printed copies, email FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

Related documents and information

The SSWG has carried out a more detailed assessment of the risks to the sustainability of the Marlborough Sounds fishery, were it to be reopened. This assessment supports the draft strategy.

Download the SSWG risk assessment [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Media release: Have your say on the draft strategy

Find out more about the Southern Scallop Fishery (SCA 7)

Making your submission

Send us your feedback by 5pm on 13 August 2019. You can complete an online survey or email or post us your submission.

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

Inshore Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO BOX 2526
Wellington 6140

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document (if using email, put the title ‘Marlborough Sounds Scallop Strategy’ in the subject line)
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation or a company)

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 good reasons for withholding them.  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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