“As recreational fishers we have seen the damage caused by dredges and we wholeheartedly support the need to stop harvesting of scallops for a while. Simply, we need to give these beds a rest. This is why The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council has dedicated a lot of resources to supporting the establishment of rāhui around the country,”
– New Zealand Sport Fishing Council President Bob Gutsell.This is the third rāhui on scallop harvesting in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park over the last two years. The rāhui and community initiatives imposed around the Gulf have prompted the Government to assess the state of scallops for the first time in 10 years, sending a strong message that scallop dredging must make way for more alternative harvest methods that have minimal impact on the seafloor and scallops. LegaSea is encouraging its supporters to get behind the initiative as mismanagement of scallops is a nationwide issue, and a closure on Gulf scallop harvesting will give Gulf scallops a chance to recover.