A rahui at Kaikoura Peninsula is to be extended for two years.
The closure around Wakatu Quay has been extended until August 17 2014 by the Primary Industries Ministry.
The rahui bans the taking of all fisheries resources, including any species of fish, aquatic life or seaweed, from the Wakatu Quay area.
The area was first closed to all fishing on September 12, 2002, for a two-year period.
There have been four further two-year closures since.
Ministry spokesman David Scranney said Te Runanga o Kaikoura asked for a further temporary closure to protect the area until a long-term management system can be developed, in conjunction with the Kaikoura community.
“The Wakatu Quay area is an important customary fishing resource for tangata whenua in the Kaikoura region,” he said.
Since 2005, the runanga has participated in the development of the Kaikoura Marine Strategy with the coastal guardians group Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura.
Following consultation, Te Korowai plans to release its finalised strategy in late 2012.
Temporary closures in the South Island are established under the Fisheries Act 1996.
They can be put in place at the request of the local iwi to allow for local fish stocks to be replenished or better provide for the traditional management of customary fishing.
Te Runanga spokeswoman Raewyn Solomon said the runanga applied for a further renewal of the rahui while options for the long-term management of this area were being finalised with the community through Te Korowai.
“We do not want to see this area reopened before a long-term management system is in place, as that would undermine the rebuilding of fish stocks and the work that Te Runanga and the community has put in over the last 10 years," she said.
The runanga was encouraged by the widespread support from the local community for the rahui, which showed the positive outcome that can be achieved when communities work together, Ms Solomon said.
Fishery officers and honorary fishery officers will continue to patrol and enforce the closure.
- The Marlborough Express