Sunlive: RMA FISHING RULING A TROUBLING MOVE
The decision to allow regional councils to manage fishing restrictions under the Resource Management Act sets a dangerous precedent, says National’s Fisheries spokesperson Ian McKelvie.
In a decision released on Monday, the Court of Appeal has ruled regional councils can use the Resource Management Act to control fishing to protect biodiversity.
Motiti Island decision troubling for recreational fishing
The decision to allow regional councils to manage fishing restrictions under the Resource Management Act sets a dangerous precedent, National’s Fisheries spokesperson Ian McKelvie says.
Judgment: AG v Motiti Rohe Moana Trust & Ors
2014 - Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) invited submissions regarding a new Regional Coastal Environment Plan.
2015 - Motiti Rohe Moana Trust (MRMT) with support from FOREST AND BIRD appealed the proposed Coastal Plan seeking the inclusion of a substantial area around Motiti for protection. They had previously failed to secure the ongoing closure of Astrolabe reef following the removal of the Rena.
2015 to 2019 - Multiple legal cases at the Environment Court and High Court determined that the BOPRC are under an obligation to include this area for protection in their Coastal Plan. This is to include the removal of all recreational and commercial fishing, spear fishing, scallops dredging and diving.
2019/2020 - The Bay of Plenty Regional Council are now under a legal obligation to implement the protection.