Over the past few months we have seen an alarming increase in set netting on Hibiscus Coast (New Zealand) Residential Beaches. The people who are putting out these nets (large box nets c. 60m x 60m) are showing no regard the familes who are swimming and walking on the beaches and are setting nets near or even below the low water mark. They are also driving and parking their vehicles on these residential beaches. These box nets are a significant risk to marine mamals and children and not appropriate for Residential Beaches in the area.
I am a resident of Hatfields Beach where these nets are set at least twice a week. My neighbours have expressed similar concerns to my own. When we try and contact the Ministry of Fisheries about the matter there is no answer or they take a message and nothing ever happens. No one even comes to check if the nets are legally set or calls us back. When we contact the Council or the police they say that set nets are not illegal and that there is nothing they can do.
We do not believe we live in a third world country where people need to subsist by set netting in residential beaches. The marine life in the areas is already stripped bare.
If you believe that set nets should be banned on Hibiscus Coast Residential Beaches, please sign this petition or leave some comments.
This petition will be delivered to Rodney District Council and the Ministry of Fisheries in due course. This petition has only just been launched.
I am a resident of Hatfields Beach. My neighbours and I are concerned that set netting is destroying the character of the neighbourhood, is further denuding the sea bed and is a danger to children and marine mamals.
Janke van der Vyver
PS: If you are willing to help with the organisation of this petition I would be very grateful.
Help spread the word about this petition. Copy the code below and paste it into your website or blog to help promote this petition.
(No links added)
The views expressed in this petition are solely those of the petition's sponsor and do not in any way reflect the views of iPetitions. iPetitions is solely a provider of technical services to the petition sponsor and cannot be held liable for any damages or injury or other harm arising from this petition. In the event no adequate sponsor is named, iPetitions will consider the individual account holder with which the petition was created as the lawful sponsor.