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Help the Hauraki

New Zealanders love the stunning Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/Hauraki Gulf. It’s popular for boating, nature watching, swimming and fishing, and it helps support the livelihoods of more than 1.5 million people.

The sea floor in Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/the Hauraki Gulf was once thriving and colourful with mussel beds, scallop beds and sponge gardens. But it's being degraded - by sediment run-off, ocean acidification and destructive commercial fishing methods.

Commercial fishers in Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/the Hauraki Gulf use bottom trawling, a destructive fishing practice that involves huge nets being dragged over the seabed, crushing nearly everything in their path.

Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/the Hauraki Gulf needs better care to restore its health and mauri so that fish, dolphins, sea birds and other marine life are abundant, the water is clean and people can better enjoy this beautiful area.

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Sign on to end fishing methods that damage the sea floor in Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/Hauraki Gulf.


We call on the House of Representatives to put an end to fishing methods that damage the sea floor in Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/Hauraki Gulf.

Specifically, please stop bottom trawling, purse seining, and dredging in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, which includes the inner and outer Gulf, and the waters around Great Barrier Island.

Stopping the use of these destructive fishing methods will allow the seafloor and marine habitats to recover and help restore the health and mauri of Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui ā Toi/Hauraki Gulf.

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  • signed 2017-02-18 14:32:28 +1300
  • signed 2017-02-11 16:23:11 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-07 08:38:57 +1300
    Karl Dixon
  • signed via 2017-02-06 22:16:54 +1300
    Sustainable fishing practices and environmental protection are fully compatible and better for everyone in the long run.
  • signed via 2017-02-05 22:50:46 +1300
  • signed 2017-02-05 19:44:18 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-05 19:30:51 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-05 13:11:34 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-05 13:01:30 +1300
    Susan Durham: We don’t want to make the same mistakes as America.
  • signed via 2017-02-05 11:44:56 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-05 11:40:35 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-05 11:38:10 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-05 11:25:21 +1300
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  • signed via 2017-02-05 09:11:09 +1300
    Daniel O’Donoghue
  • signed via 2017-02-05 09:01:06 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-05 08:17:41 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-05 08:06:06 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-05 07:09:45 +1300
    We need drastic new measures
  • signed via 2017-02-05 06:20:30 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-05 06:01:56 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-05 05:59:59 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-05 03:58:56 +1300
    These damaging fishing methods must be brought to a halt! I just cannot believe that bottom trawling continues to be employed in the fishing industry, it’s been DECADES now since it began to become understood just how destructive this activity is. We humans, plus every other form of life on the land and in the sea – the ability for the lot of us to live and thrive is all intertwined, all interconnected, our survival depends on the health of ALL. So how can these practises EVER by justified, when they’re virtually acts of self-destruction?? Bottom trawling is certainly not sustainable, that point cannot be argued. So why then is this practise allowed to continue? Damage has already been done, and we’re already at the point not just here but over the world, where we’ll be damned lucky if the life within these waters can be restored to health even now. Seems pretty clear to me that allowing this practise to continue is downright insanity. Please halt now!!
  • signed via 2017-02-05 02:55:20 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-04 23:52:28 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-04 22:43:35 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-04 22:39:25 +1300
    As we destroy our environment we hasten our own – human- demise
  • signed via 2017-02-04 22:28:32 +1300
    When will people, often already wealthy people, understand that our planet and all its gifts are finite. Once they are gone we can’t recreate or expect things to grow again if their habitat is destroyed.
  • signed via 2017-02-04 21:57:53 +1300
  • signed via 2017-02-04 21:32:39 +1300