From November 1st 2018 until February 28th 2019 harvesting smelt, kōura (freshwater crayfish) and other indigenous fish from Taupō waters is banned for non-iwi people.

Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board (TMTB) chief executive, Topia Rameka, said Ngati Tūwharetoa whanau will be active in the waterways harvesting smelt until the closure of the season on February 28, 2019.

The right to fish for indigenous fish of Lake Taupō was reserved for Ngati Tūwharetoa in the Māori Land Amendment and Māori Land Claims Act 1926.

Rameka said it unknown how many non-Tūwharetoa people harvest smelt and koura in the lake – that is why they are sending out the reminder on the restriction.

Those harvesting smelt must obtain a permit from the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.

“To be eligible to receive a permit, one must be a registered member of Ngati Tūwharetoa.”

Unusual activity should be reported to the Department of Conservation by calling the Taupō Fishery duty phone – 0272907758.

Source: Taupo Times



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