Consultation has started on the Southern scallop fishery

Stuff reported that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking public feedback on new proposals to support the long-term sustainability of the Southern scallop fishery which covers the top, and northwest coast, of the South Island.

The proposals include temporary closures of parts of the fishery for the upcoming scallop season, from 15 July to 14 February.

A summary of the 3 options under consultation is below:

Option 1:
Temporarily close all of area 7H in Tasman Bay, and some or all of the following parts of the Marlborough Sounds to scallop fishing for the 2016-17 season (until 15 February 2017): Wynens Bank, Guards Bank, Ships Cove, Pelorus Sound and Dieffenbach Point.

Option 2:
Temporarily close all of the Marlborough Sounds and area 7H in Tasman Bay to scallop fishing for the 2016-17 scallop season.

Option 3:
(Status quo) No new scallop fishing closures are implemented for the 2016-17 scallop season.

For more information visit the MPI website.