Matangi Marine Reserve Proposal
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The New Zealand
Underwater Association is proposing a marine reserve in the waters
around Tiritiri Matangi Island and the Whangaparoa Peninsula in
the Hauraki Gulf. They want to "ensure that the views of the
community are widely discussed before a formal application for a
marine reserve is made".
To that end
they are seeking your views and comments on the proposal. They have
set the 28th February as their deadline for your views to be expressed.
breaking news: On 25 February NZUA extended the deadline for submissions
to 31 March 2003.
be heard. Please click here
Again, we see
the Christmas period being selected for a public consultation process.
Again, we find
ourselves a with short time frames to consider proposals that, if
carried through to their intended outcome, will deny the public
the right to fish for food FOREVER in one of our most productive,
accessible and sheltered public fishing areas.
Again, we learn
about the proposal, NOT from the Proposer, but from the concerned
locals who have had to mobilise urgently to spread the word and
alert people like NZRFC, NZBGFC and option4 (even though NZ Underwater
are one of the founding National organisations that make up the
NZRFC). The men and women of the Tiri Action Group are to be thanked
for the many public meetings and rallies they have organised and
coordinated, not to mention the thousands of forms they have printed
and distributed. Well done. They have underwritten their campaign.
If you would like to send a donation to them directly it would be
very much appreciated. Their postal address is Tiritiri Action Group,
PO Box 36479, Auckland.
Assembled here are 10 (and growing) documents and links that are
relevant to this proposal. Please make an effort to read some of
these documents - in particular, read about the process used by
NZUA and Forest and Bird to date and the letter from tangata whenua
objecting to NZUA.
click here for the Background Information package.
to Fish for Food.
There is certainly a place for marine reserves. However, it is clear,
they need to be implemented carefully with full consideration being
given to the existing rights already in place. The talk of marine
reserves as a fisheries management tool does not stand close scrutiny.
In countries and fisheries with open access and little or no fisheries
management they would obviously be beneficial. However, New Zealand
has very sophisticated fisheries management tools at its disposal.
There is much
to do in finalising the rights of the public to their fisheries
to fish for food, giving effect to the customary Maori fisheries
management tools of taiapure and mätaitai, fine-tuning of the
Quota Management System etc. These are all relatively new tools
at our disposal and must be given opportunity to take effect. To
start closing areas under the guise of fisheries management is patently
out of step with the huge investment this country and you, the taxpayers
have made to ensure sustainable fishing.
have powerful fisheries management tools that have yet to be given
expression. Taiapure/mätaitai and rahui are the only existing
legislated mechanisms for us to work with to bring localised fisheries
management energy and initiative to bear. The NZUA proposal cuts
right across those management rights and tools before they are given
opportunity to be explored. Make no mistake; there is tremendous
potential in taiapure for all of us. If you would like to know more
about taiapure click
There is no
doubt that an integrated and coordinated approach needs to be made
to achieve a meaningful network of marine reserves. This is the
latest proposal in what will no doubt be a series of piecemeal initiatives.
It is not good enough for NZU to state this proposal would form
part of a "nice little chain of marine reserves." We are
not after a "nice", we would like to see a well planned
and fully consulted approach so the objectives are achieved and
enjoyed by the public. Hopefully the review of the Marine Reserve
Act will pay attention to the need for coordination.
The areas being
proposed are of poor water quality. They are adjacent to large-scale
land use and development that results in the very unfortunate sedimentation
and degradation of those waters. Read the
submission in the Background Information package to understand
the sewerage situation.
There has been
little or no targeted consultation with the recognised voices of
the public fisher (NZRFC, NZBGFC and option4). NZ Underwater must
have known that the public fishing for food stands to loose most
from this proposal. If there is overwhelming adverse public reaction
the proposition is abandoned. Your right to fish for food in this
area is being threatened. It is time for you to have your say.
be heard, please click here