Guy hails efforts of fishers

21:35, Mar 18 2014

Kaikoura's commercial, recreational, customary and charter fishers showed real leadership in committing to a package of changes which reduce the areas they can fish and the size of their catch in the interests of long-term sustainability, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

Mr Guy said the Te Korowai model was about the community stepping up and taking greater responsibility for the future of their fishery.

"This package of fisheries and conservation tools has been developed by a collaborative group of Kaikoura representatives from iwi, recreational, commercial and charter fishers, boating and conservation groups. It is a tribute to the collective efforts through this Te Korowai process that the Government is implementing their recommendations as well as providing an ongoing role for the group in the marine management of the area."

The Government is to pass special legislation to implement a marine reserve, whale and seal sanctuaries, five customary fishing areas, and restrictions to recreational fishing, as part of a package proposed by Te Korowai.

The Te Korowai group began its work to develop options for marine protection in Kaikoura in 2005 and there was extensive community consultation.

The final version was put to Government in October 2012, before being approved by Cabinet last month and announced by Prime Minister John Key last weekend.

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