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The pods I see in the Firth (Ponui to TeKouma area) show only limited interest in our boat.  Had them swim along side during night races, but again only briefly.  Maybe they are heading to the BOI for a play holiday :)

Never been out on the commercial swimming trips, but recall seeing 100's of dolphins when fishing out off Doubtless Bay ~20 years ago

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So it's a theory, pretty shonky one at that. Observation shows that increasing regulation and rules has correlated with a decline in dolphin numbers, dolphins don't like the fun police either.

Would like to see the correlation between fish stocks in the bay and dolphin numbers, bet the science looks a bit more believable then. 

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I think you will find that the depletion of the food chain that many marine animals / fish / mammals rely on will be the root cause of their decline / death / moving to areas that havn't been depleted. The rules about how close you can be to dolphins are sure to fail as they will swim as close as they wish without any input from the yachty (maybe being prosecuted) same folk who have gone down this track will be the ones who are "eradicating" the Med Fan Worm.

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20 hours ago, Steve Pope said:

I think you will find that the depletion of the food chain that many marine animals / fish / mammals rely on will be the root cause of their decline / death / moving to areas that havn't been depleted. The rules about how close you can be to dolphins are sure to fail as they will swim as close as they wish without any input from the yachty (maybe being prosecuted) same folk who have gone down this track will be the ones who are "eradicating" the Med Fan Worm.

Well they wont be eathing Tarakihi anytime soon https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/438931/tarakihi-shrinks-to-15-percent-of-original-population-despite-measures

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I was at the ramp in Opito Bay BOI when the local fisheries officer wanted to know what I had caught, he was doing the survey of two species for Niwa?, same every few years, Kahawai and terakihi or gurnard? Two weeks in he was still at zero.

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Some mob called YNZ has suddenly decided to wade in to this one.

They have sent a survey to the clubs to gage the feelings out here. If you have strong ones speak to your club and have some input to it all.

 

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This email is to let you know that the consultation period for the Pēwhairangi (Bay of Islands) marine mammal sanctuary proposal is now expected to open on or around 20 April 2021 for a 28 day period.  We had planned for consultation to begin mid-April, but there have been some unavoidable delays. 

 

Earlier this week, Minister Kiri Allan stepped down from her role as Minister of Conservation for medical reasons. Our thoughts are with Minister Allan and her whānau, and we wish her a speedy recovery. The proposal is now being progressed by Acting Minister of Conservation Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall.

 

When the sanctuary proposal is notified, a public consultation document will be released to assist people who would like to make a submission. We will also be holding a series of drop-in sessions during the public consultation period.

 

Because of the revised timeline, these sessions will now be on the following dates and times:

 

  • Wednesday 21 April 2021 – 5 pm to 7 pm at the Paihia War Memorial Hall, Paihia

  • Friday 30 April 2021 – 10 am to 2 pm at the Procter Library, Kerikeri

  • Saturday 1 May 2021 – 10 am to 1 pm at the Paihia War Memorial Hall, Paihia

  • Saturday 1 May 2021 –  2 pm to 4 pm in Russell, location to be confirmed

 

We will keep you up to date with any further developments.

 

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YNZ are asking the following 3 questions of the clubs and will represent the feedback they get.

The questions are  -

  • ONE. Does your club support or oppose the following: No swimming within 400m of marine mammals

  • TWO. Does your club support or oppose the following:

Approach no closer than 400m of marine mammals. 

No pursuing interactions - view on marine mammals terms - if approached by marine mammals within a distance of less than 400m remain idle/neutral/drop sails/stop until all marine mammals are 400m away.

  • THREE. Does your club support or oppose the following: 5-knot marine mammal safe zones - two zones totaling 21km2

There is Support, Oppose and Don;t know as the 3 responses plus room to say why. Plus there's room to put alternatives.

If you'd like your club to represent your views then best ya let the club know what they are.

Individuals can submit in their own right if they so desire.

Here's the link to the proposal again - https://boimms.co.nz/the-proposal/

 

This is worth taking a minute or 3 to contemplate this as it is being seen by many, many with the power to action, as a trial for a wider roll out. Imagine a pod swimming thru the Rangi Channel on a nice weekend afternoon..... let alone into any bay or harbour.

I can't find a single soul who doesn't like the protection concept, everyone thinks it's needed BUT many have very real fears that excessive unworkable overly punitive regime that it could come. As we see once stuffs put in place it's near impossible to change it so now is the time to ensure what does go in is fair, reasonable and will be workable in real life, if it's not then everyone loses including the Dolphins.

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On 2/03/2021 at 12:34 PM, CarpeDiem said:

It's not released until 12/April - will be open for 28 days once released. It will include the following restrictions:

For the Bay of Islands:

  • No swimming with marine mammals;
  • Vessels to maintain a 400m distance from marine mammals; and

Within the Bay of Islands:

  • Vessel speed to be restricted to 5 knots within two “marine mammal safe zones”.

 

Where can one find the consultation??its open now but where?

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6 hours ago, harrytom said:

Where can one find the consultation??its open now but where?

The Gazette Notice is here

The proposed law that effects most of us is:

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If a marine mammal comes within 400m of your vessel, then the vessel master must take all reasonable steps to stop to allow the mammal to move away. 

There is no exclusion for yachts sailing or yachts that are racing in the proposal.

I guess one just has to luff and wait for the mammals to leave. Could make for some interesting request-for-redress hearings in a protest room. 

Submissions

Sumbissions on the proposal close: 18/May

Submissions can be made online here or via the addresses in the Gazette Notice linked above. 

 

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Filed by email suggesting not just a Boi problem but entire north Cape to East Cape issue.stop allowing seinerss to take surface food.and how it would be unreasonable expecting sailing craft to maintain speed and to stay 400m away due to the curiosity of the mammals.

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