Recently the Ministry of Fisheries issued new management proposals for kahawai. There are several options and interested parties have been asked to provide their input by 13 August.
The Hokianga Accord will be working with its Alliance coalition of environmental and fishing partners to develop a response. Ultimately the goal is to ensure ‘more fish in the water’ so all New Zealanders can provide for their social, economic and cultural well-being.
After four years of Court battles these proposals are an interesting, and at times encouraging, reflection of the outcome of the Kahawai Legal Challenge.
The Hokianga Accord was fully supportive of the Challenge that occurred from 2005 to 2009 because kahawai have always been a taonga [treasure].
Kahawai remain valuable as food, and prized for their social and cultural value.