Fisheries (South-East Area Commercial Fishing) Amendment Regulations 2001

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Fisheries (South-East Area Commercial Fishing) Amendment Regulations 2001


Note

These regulations are administered in the Ministry of Fisheries.


Pursuant to section 89 of the Fisheries Act 1983 and sections 297 and 298 of the Fisheries Act 1996, Her Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.

1 Title
2 Commencement
  • These regulations come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette.

3 Regulation 4C inserted
  • The principal regulations are amended by inserting, after regulation 4B, the following regulation:

    4C Trawling prohibited in certain seamount areas
    • (1) No person may use a trawl net for fishing in any closed seamount area.

      (2) In this regulation, closed seamount area means all waters within the following areas:

      • (a) the area located in fisheries management area 3 that is bounded by—

        • (i) the latitudes 44°31'S and 44°33'S; and

        • (ii) the longitudes 175°40'E and 175°44'E:

      • (b) the area located in fisheries management area 4 that is bounded by—

        • (i) the latitudes 42°42'S and 42°44'S; and

        • (ii) the longitudes 179°56'W and 179°59'W:

      • (c) the area located in fisheries management area 4 that is bounded by—

        • (i) the latitudes 42°42'S and 42°45'S; and

        • (ii) the longitudes 179°51'W and 179°55'W:

      • (d) the area located in fisheries management area 4 that is bounded by—

        • (i) the latitudes 44°06'S and 44°09'S; and

        • (ii) the longitudes 174°40'W and 174°52'W:

      • (e) the area located in fisheries management area 4 that is bounded by—

        • (i) the latitudes 44°33'S and 44°56'S; and

        • (ii) the longitudes 173°57'W and 174°25'W.

Marie Shroff,

Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations, which come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, amend the Fisheries (South-East Area Commercial Fishing) Regulations 1986 to prohibit trawling in certain areas. The purpose of the prohibition is to protect certain seamounts and their surrounding areas.

A seamount is a protruding irregularity or bottom feature that rises above the sea floor, and may be either stand alone or form part of a chain or range of hills.

The particular seamounts round which trawling is prohibited by the new regulation 4C are those known by some fishers as Pinnie, Morgue, Pyre/Gothic, and Diamond Head, and that identified by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research as seamount number 328.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 12 April 2001.


  • 1 (SR 1986/219)