The Official Waiheke Island Tourism Site
Ngāti Pāoa on the 31st January 2021 placed a Rāhui on 4 species on an area within 1 nautical mile surrounding the Waiheke Island coast.
This temorary closure is requested for two years and requires no take of Tipa (scallops), kūtai (mussels), kōura (crayfish) and pāua (abalone).
MPI subsequently issued a closure under section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 which is legally enforceable from 1 December 2021
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) fishery officers will continue to patrol the coast supporting public awareness and enforcing the rules.
Anyone with information about suspected illegal fishing should contact MPI on 0800 4 POACHER to report it.
The Waiheke Marine Project have offered support to the Rāhui as it was one of the actions forming part of nine committments agreed by participants of the Future Search Hui at Ahipao in October 2020.
More information can be found here https://www.waihekemarineproject.org/
In August 2022, information signage was placed at approximately 20 locations around Waiheke's coast.