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Biggest recent news is the closure of the scallop fishery for two years in order to restore the scallop population to a sustainable level. This from MPI...The east Coromandel scallop fishery will close for a period of 2 years from this Saturday, 11 September following a request from the Ngāti Hei Trust. The closure covers scallop fishing in an area extending along the east Coromandel coastline from Anarake Point to Ruahiwihiwi Point, where Ngāti Hei exercise mana moana, and includes Opito Bay. Other fishing in the area can continue under existing rules. Director of fisheries management, Emma Taylor says public consultation on the request took place between April and May.

Background information

The Ngāti Hei Trust requested a 2-year temporary closure of the scallop fishery over waters of the east Coromandel coast.

Their application included the extended waters of east Coromandel from Anarake Point to Ruahiwihiwi Point and encompassing offshore waters around the Cuvier, Great Mercury, and Aldermen Islands. This includes Opito Bay which had been subject to a voluntary rāhui put in place by Ngāti Hei.

Public consultation on the Temporary Closure request took place between April and May, including consultation with Ngāti Hei and other tangata whenua, along with commercial and recreational fishers, and environmental interests.

Fisheries New Zealand received a total of 2,381 submissions with the majority of submitters in support of a closure.

The Minister for Oceans and Fisheries approved the temporary closure to the take of scallops for a 2-year period in east Coromandel, pursuant to section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996, to recognise and make provision for the use and management practices of Ngāti Hei by improving the availability of scallops in this area.

The closure takes effect from Saturday, 11 September 2021.

On the fishing front, weather has been pretty wild since we went down to level 2, and not a lot of opportunity to get out therewith any consistency yet. Pretty typical spring conditions giving the fish even more chance to catch a break from recreational anglers.

When you can get out, the kingies are readily chewing on any of the common areas of foul, and popular pins, chasing jigs and livies.

Snapper will be moving in shallower at some point soon, as we get ever closer to daylight saving.

Once we've had a decent crack at the fishing will be able to report back with some updated conditions, so just need a bit of time on the water yet.

Being stuck in Auckland not very helpful, so here's hoping we are all go sooner rather than later.

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