Legasea Insulted by Marine Park Changes
Written by John Freer on February 28, 2023
With Friday being the cut off for public consultation on the Hauraki Gulf Fisheries Management Plan, Hauraki Gulf Alliance member, Legasea, has been angered to what it sees as being late changes to the plan.
Legasea spokesman, Sam Woolford, described changes allowing commercial bottom trawling and scallop dredging, as insulting to the many groups which had worked on the plan.
He said the most recent proposal from Government is that they intend to keep those “destructive processes indefinitely”.
“It’s a bit insulting – so much time and effort has been invested in restoration looking after the marine park, for a destructive fishing technique to continue is disrespectful to everybody else’s efforts.
“Bottom trawling and scallop dredging have to go from the Hauraki Marine Park,” said Sam.
Submissions can be made until Friday, through the Hauraki Gulf Alliance website.
To listen to the full interview with Sam, click on the link below.