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Special Permit Application for Pest Eradication in Far North Lakes

The below information pertains to the application:

  1. Request has been made for a special permit to control and eradicate exotic fish, including noxious fish, unwanted aquatic life, sports fish and restricted fish (grass and silver carp), and fish with no legal status. They believe the proposed intervention is in the public interest. The broad aim of the intervention is to reduce the harm done by exotic fish to water quality and ecosystem health.
  2. The area where fish are to be taken will cover all fresh-waterbodies and fresh-waterways in Northland. However, for pest fish operations the initial focus will be on the following lakes:
  • Waiparera
  • Ngakapua
  • Ngatu
  1. Grass carp removal will be undertaken at the following lakes:
  • Heather – Sweetwater area – Far North
  1. There are currently no population estimates for the fish species in these lakes, so quantities for removal are unknown. However, full removal is the target.
  2. The personnel involved will be officers of the NRC, as well as representatives of NRC who also wish to be covered by the Special Permit. This might include:
  • Iwi Kaitiaki or Kaimahi where a lakebed is owned by that Iwi (Ngatu, Waiparera)
  • Landowner where the lake is on private land
  • Conservation groups dedicated to pest fish control
  1. The pest fish eradication and management will require special fishing methods, for which exemptions from the Fisheries (Amateur Fishing) Regulations 2013 (the Act) will be required. All methods are standard fishing methods, some of which sit outside the current regulations. Other fishing method limits are required to be relaxed, to allow for maximum catch per unit effort (CPUE). These include: taking more than 18 eels per day per person (but releasing them live), >60 m set net length, use of bait in set net, >25 hooks per longline, >2 longlines per vessel, electro-fishing, piscicide, and various other methods.
  2. This initiative can contribute to ongoing management of pest species in your local fresh-waterbodies and fresh-waterways. Removing pest species would improve your water quality, restore tropic food webs and reduce predation on native species. Achieving better environmental outcomes in fresh-water ecosystems will help all.

This initiative can contribute to ongoing management of pest species in your local fresh-waterbodies and fresh-waterways. Removing pest species would improve your water quality, restore tropic food webs and reduce predation on native species. Achieving better environmental outcomes in fresh-water ecosystems will help all.

If you have any thoughts or questions pertaining to the above please contact Olivia Maes, Aquaculture & Fisheries Permits, Fisheries New Zealand, Olivia.Maes@mpi.govt.nz and quote “eradication of pest species in Northland Lakes Special Permit Request”