From October 1, the number of green-lipped mussels which can be taken from Maketu will reduce from 50 to 25 per gatherer per day.

The Maketu Taiapure area covers an area of shoreline from Wairakei in the north-west to Otamarakau in the south east.

The change is based on a recommendation from the Maketu Taiapure Committee to the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy.

Waikato/Bay of Plenty District compliance manager Brendon Mikkelsen said he was encouraging recreational fishers to be aware of the new mussel limit.

“This new limit will help the mussel population recover, so that future generations will have the opportunity to gather shellfish for a feed, in the same way that we do today,” he said.

“Fishers Officers patrol and enforce the rules that apply in the Bay of Plenty Coastline and will actively enforce this new limit.”

Hei te tuatahi o Whiringa a Nuku ka puta te ture mo te hunga ruku kuku. Kua puta te hiahia a te kaunihera a rohe o te Waiariki kia hawhetia te maha o te kuku e hopukinatia ana e hunga ruku kaimoana mai i te rima tekau ki te rua tekau ma rima i roto o Maketu. Mai Maketu Taiapure whakawhiti atu ki Wairakei, whakauta to haere ki Otamarakau te waahi kua whakamanatia e te kaunihera. Ma tenei ture hei whakapai ake, hei whakarahi ake i te whanautanga mai o nga kuku o te takiwa, e muia ai nga kaimoana mo te tau titoki.