After almost 2 years of consultation between Watercare and residents from the wider Whangateau Harbour community Watercare is now formulating a new Resource Consent for the Jones Road (Omaha) treatment plant. Over this time the meetings have been chaired by Fiona McKenzie (Ngati Manuhiri) and the meetings have been regularly attended by members of the Whangateau HarbourCare Group and residents from Omaha Beach, Jones Road and Point Wells as well as a regular contingent of Watercare staff, advisers and researchers. Conspicuously absent on all but two occasions have been representatives of Auckland Council!
This requires urgent attention and submissions from lots of people because it is possible the exclusion zone may be lifted as soon as 11th February thus opening up the area to fishing after more than 4 years recovery from 100 years of too much fishing! The local maori want to keep the area closed to fishing. What a waste that would be, squandering 4 years of recovery for a few greedy weeks of fishing.
Our mussel reef restoration project is increasing biodiversity and clearing the waters of the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand
Our Regional Parks are places where people expect to have an enjoyable recreational experience and to engage with the wonders of the natural world. A lot of effort is put in to restore forest and wetland habitats, and to encourage birds and other wildlife back into our Regional Parks. Unfortunately in the sea fishing is responsible for serious loss of abundance and diversity of life, and some would say fishing is an inappropriate activity adjacent to our Regional Parks. A Marine Reserve has been suggested for the sea adjacent to the new Te Muri Regional Park. I want to put this idea into a national and regional context.
This is how the harbour looks after 25mm of rain. High tide on Omaha River.
The following document is intended as a first draft to kick off a discussion of a network of marine protected areas for the Hauraki Gulf. It was prepared late in 2014 for the Biodiversity and Biosecurity Round Table of the Marine Spatial Planning process, but there was little time for discussion within the group. It was sent on to the Stakeholder Working Group for further discussion.
The draft network follows the established principles for a network of MPAs as further discussed in the document
SEASKETCH DRAFT MPAs NETWORK, SITE DESCRIPTIONS. 12 Dec 2014 update Roger Grace. For consideration by the Biodiversity and Biosecurity Round Table of the Marine Spatial Planning process for the HGMP.