– ARC Liaison with Recreational Fishers
AMA in Western Firth of Thames (WFT)
3 June 2004
|| Jason Foord
||5 June 2004
||option4, NZBGFC, NZRFC, NZACA
||Dominic McCarthy, Alan Moore, James Fuller
||Rowan Blundell (Kawakawa Boat Club), Keith Ingram (NZRFC and
MTA), Jason Foord (option4)
||Vodafone House (Regional House)
||ARC want feedback re the proposed AMA and it's potential impact
on recreational fishers and other recreational users
Western Firth of Thames AMA
- ARC has been through an extensive "Constraint Mapping Exercise"
with regards to AMA.
- This means they take a map of the regional and exclude all areas
that are unsuitable due to other activities (shipping channels,
cable channels, defence areas, areas already in farms or purse
- Conclusion reached: only place suitable in the entire ARC region
is WFT and parts of the Kaipara.
- They intend to go back to the community in late June early July.
- August/September scientists will go back to the council with
- Thames Valley Mussels (Sealord/Hauraki Maori Consortium) have
an existing consent for a large spat catching area already that
they have not yet constructed.
- Constraint Mapping exercise info is all available on ARC
- Only the WFT goes forward for in-depth study of water column,
currents, benthic life etc.
- This session was presented by Dom McCarthy ARC Environmental
- DM said that phyto plankton feeders in the inter-tidal areas
such as cockles can be starved if huge mussel farms extract too
much phy-pkt (he described as a "wall").
- Mussels do extract snapper eggs from the water column.
- Mussels do produce (I think the word was "extrict") "pseudo
faeces" – which can in some cases enhance phy-pkt growth.
- All marine life from cockles-flounder-godwits depends on the
phy-pkt as the basis of life.
- Conclusion of the detailed enviro computer modeling taking all
of the above into account: AMA here "not of huge consequence"
environmentally – thought social and cultural impacts would
be bigger/more important
Discussion with Fishers
- James Fuller believes the three key issues for AMA in WFT are
navigation, visual effects on landscape and recreational/fishing
- KI asked – who effects compliance for lighting, position,
buoys etc and AM said Regional Councils.
- AM said that under the new regime consent holders will be BONDED
(actually an insurance policy) so that if the farm fails there
is money to remove it and clean up the mess – may not be
enforceable for existing farms/consents.
- AM said that monies from seabed rentals have to spent on coastal
issues – KI suggested that at the moment most is spent on
environmental issues rather than improving boating amenities (lights,
navigation, ramps, parking at ramps).
- DM thought this was a good idea but that it needed to be presented
to "the politicians".
- KI thought that one big new AMA area based around the existing
farm at Matingarahi was the way to go and is opposed to many small
ones in sheltered bays.
- 21st of June has been set as the deadline for feedback from
- There is a set
form for submissions and JF has emailed this to Trish.
- Finfish – not studied in terms of impact for proposed
WFT AMA – a resource consent would be required therefore
can put conditions on consents – JF said that personally
he was utterly opposed to them.
- RB asked how rubbish from the farms would be dealt with (ropes,
spat trays, buoys etc) – this has not yet been determined.
- Two finfish cages have been proposed for the west side of Ponui
and failure not to include this in the computer modeling is very
problematic given the amount of effluent that flows from them.
- The issue of Bonds seems to be settled which was an important
issue (need to confirm this in the draft legislation).
- The idea of applying seabed licence money to improving recreational
fishing facilities etc is a good idea and needs to be worked up
and presented to council.
- The idea of one new very large area for the AMA does seem a
better on than many small ones that fill up the sheltered bays
that many boaties use.
- If the enlargement does take place the WFT seems to be a good
location from a navigation and sea channel perspective.
- JF – did note that the notification for the meeting was
totally inadequate and that we should have had two weeks minimum.
ARC contacts: Alan Moore
09 366 2000
Fuller 09 366 2000