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Environment Court greenlights regional fishing controls

Category: national

Severe depletion of fish stocks following the removal of an exclusion zone on the Astrolabe reef earlier this year prompted the Motiti Rohe Moana Trust to apply for an application for a declaration on controls on fishing-related activities in regional plans.

Sally Gepp, Forest and Bird, explains the core issues at stake and the reasoning behind the Environment Court’s decision to grant councils the authority to apply fishing controls in regional plans for resource management purposes.

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