Barrier Island Marine Reserve Proposal
Dear [ subscriber ]
Marine Reserve Proposal
When is the Department of Conservation (DoC) going to produce it's
evidence to justify a marine reserve on the northeast coast of Great
The public have asked for:
* more information
* adequate consultation
On day 86 of a 90-day process DoC advise us by email, "To ensure
that your view is included in the report, please submit your questionnaire
by 31 July 2003".
Is this good enough?
It seems the submission deadline has been extended by one month
and two 'Drop In' meetings organised. The critical issue of public
awareness is still not being addressed. option4 are determined to
see good process and adequate consultation. So far DoC have failed
to deliver on both.
Drop In Sessions
For a report on the first 'Drop In' meeting held on Wednesday 9th
July click here
A report of the second meeting held on Tuesday 15th July can be
Background information on this proposal is available
Two excellent submissions have been written in response to the DoC
Barrier proposal. Both are must-reads as they make some excellent
Recreational Fishing Council submission
Rock Lobster Industry Council submission
Now is the time to step up to the plate and make your views known,
then DoC cannot say they weren't told of the public's concerns.
It really is that simple.
Make a submission online
here » »
or call Emma Rush on 09 3074862 for a proposal document and submission
option4 have a strong interest in conservation. Our principle #
3 asking for a Planning Right is all about the ability to conserve
fish for future generations. To achieve this we need a system where
those fish we conserve are not allocated to the fishing industry.
Kingfish are about to enter the Quota Management System (QMS). The
public have made an enormous effort to conserve the kingfish stocks
with voluntary one metre minimum size limits and one fish per day
on most boats these days. Meanwhile the industry has seen the introduction
into the QMS as an opportunity to build up catch history. The Ministry
are now recommending to the Minister the industry be allocated as
much, if not more than they have already caught till now. option4
have responded to the Ministry advice. The full documents will available
soon at kingfish.
Tawharanui Marine Park
The Auckland Regional Council (ARC) have proposed to change the
Tawharanui marine park to a marine reserve. The original submission
deadline was 18th July but this has been extended. One of the major
concerns expressed at meetings has been DoC gaining control of another
public area. Contact Alan Moore at ARC for a copy of the proposal
at 09 3794420.
Background information, option4 response and a submission form are
available at Tawharanui
Thank you to those who have contributed to the rights debate. The
ability to fish for food is a precious right we are trying to protect
for our future generations. The Waikato Sports Fishing Club have
very generously donated to the fighting fund. Thanks for your ongoing
Every dollar donated is used to defend the publics right to go fishing
for food. The money pays for us to
- keep the public informed
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- formulate fisheries management strategies
- provide advocacy services
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Support the team, you know it's the best use of your money you'll
ever give anyone.
Regards from the team at option4