limits to help preserve stocks
Concerns Taranaki Māori have for the wellbeing of kaimoana, which saw a two-year legal ban introduced to protect a stretch of the region’s coastline, are being felt elsewhere in New Zealand prompting a review that may see daily pāua catch limits slashed.
In December, the Government banned collection of kaimoana along the 70km-stretch between the Herekawe Stream in New Plymouth to the Taungātara Stream just south of Ōpunake, which gave legal teeth to a rāhui earlier established by hapū.
The hapū had acted out of concern for the sustainability of seafood, after members became worried about the number of visitors, including from outside the region, who were taking kaimoana, especially pāua.
The concerns are not just being felt in Taranaki either, with similar views held by tangata whenua in Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa, according to a Fisheries New Zealand discussion paper looking at the review of sustainability measures for pāua for 2023/24.