Taranaki fishers vow to fight marine reserve

Date: 1/2/2005

Taranaki Fishers vow to fight plans to close off fishing along a coastline south west of New Plymouth, to create a marine reserve. The Nga Motu Marine Reserve Society is pushing for a site to preserve what it says is an exceptional stretch of coastline around the volcanic Sugar Loaf islands. The Chairman of the Taranaki Recreational Fishers Association, Kevin Moratti, says it would put too much pressure on other fishing sites in the area. Department of Conservation sources say that this reserve would make a total of only two marine reserves on the west coast of the North Island, the other being around Kapiti Island. The application launched on 12 January does not include two of the four Main Sugar Loaf Islands. Submissions to the formal application can be made up until 14 March 2005 for further information about the reserve application and background or to download a submission form visit www.seasense.org

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