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Milford and Doubtful Sounds will continue to be
closed to amateur fishing for blue cod.
All Fiordland’s inner sounds have been closed
to commercial fishing since 2005, with Milford
Sound closed to commercial fishing since 1994.
In 2005 Milford and Doubtful Sounds were also
closed to amateur blue cod fishing, following
recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries
from the Fiordland Marine Guardians who were
concerned about the fragility of the fish stocks
and wanted to give them time to rebuild. Since
then the ministry has been monitoring blue cod
to see how they have responded to the amateur
Inshore Fishery Manager Rose Grindley said
despite the closure there was still no clear trend
in blue cod numbers.
“The fisheries will continue to be monitored by
the Ministry of Fisheries with a research project
planned for the 2009 summer,” she said.
Fiordland Marine Guardians chairman Malcolm
Lawson said it had always been the Guardians’
intention to have a long-term management plan
based on the results of the monitoring.
“This is still the case but the reality is that we
are dealing with a relatively slow growing fish so
these things take time,” he said.
The Fiordland Marine Guardians is a group of
community representatives who advise central
and local government agencies on how to
manage the Fiordland marine environment.
They were formed in 1995 (as the Guardians
of Fiordland’s Fisheries Inc), in response to
concerns about the escalating pressures on
Photo: Ministry of Fisheries
Blue Cod will continue to be closed to amateur fishing
in Milford and Doubtful Sounds after a review found
no clear signs of the stocks having rebuilt.
the Fiordland marine area. There were several
reasons for those concerns − increasing human
activity; the need for improved integrated
management of the area; and a desire that
the local community be more involved in the
management of Fiordland’s marine environment.
“Next year the Guardians will be undertaking
a review of the overall management plan of
Fiordland’s marine environment. It will be five
years since its inception and we will be asking
the public and user groups for their views on the
current provisions and for future management
ideas. The long term plan for the blue cod fishery
in Milford and Doubtful Sounds will be part of
this review,” Mr Lawson said.
“It would be unwise to reopen these areas prior
to receiving as much information as possible
from the research programme and before
undertaking the review.”
Appointed by the Minister for the Environment,
current guardians include commercial and
recreational fishers, environmentalists, marine
scientists, and community and tangata whenua
(Ngai Tahu) representatives.
By Sandy Eggleston
The appearance at this time
of year of the constellation
Matariki (Pleiades), has a special
significance for Maori.
Oraka-Aparima runaka member
Lydia Matenga said in pre-European
times Maori celebrated the New
Year when the Matariki appeared in
the north eastern sky.
Traditionally Matariki, or Puanga as
it is known by Ngai Tahu, was a time
for families to get together after the
kumara harvest, she said.
In the middle of winter while the
land was resting, the people took
time to reflect on the past year and
remember those who had passed
on. Matariki was also a time when
families talked together and made
plans for the New Year.
In Maori legend the seven stars that
make up the group are known as
seven sisters. Another legend tells
the story of Tawhirimatea, god of the
wind who didn’t want his brothers to
separate Ranginui, sky father and
Papatuanuku, earth mother, who
lay close together with little space
between them, she said. When
Ranginui and Papatuanuku were
parted by his brothers, Tawhirimatea
was so upset he tore his eyes out
and threw them into the sky.
That is why the stars are also
known as “the little eyes in the sky,”
Oraka-Aparima runaka chairman
Stewart Bull said the best way to
find the Matariki group of stars was
to look in the north east sky before
dawn. The stars are found in the sky
just above where the sun rises.
The latest addition to Fiordland
Astronomy’s visitor experience
is giving people the chance to fly
through space without leaving Earth.
Spokesman Richard Parkinson
said to create the illusion of flying
through space he projected digital
images of space onto the inside of
a 5m high and 6m wide dome. Mr
Parkinson and his wife Toki imported
the fabric dome from the United
States and during the summer
used the dome to give customers a
guided digital tour of space.
The dome rested on the ground
and people sat inside it while
the images surrounded them. If
a comet flew towards you, after
it went past, you could turn your
head and see it disappear into the
distance, Mr Parkinson said.
At 10am on Saturday (July 4) the
dome will show a 30 minute film on
the Alma project. Alma is being built
in Chile and will allow scientists to
explore space using 66 antennae
that pick up light frequencies and
then translate the information into
an image the eye can see.
Mr Parkinson said the film was
easy to understand. Starting with
Galileo it traced the history of space
exploration and discussed the
instruments people had developed
to look into space. It then showed
the kind of information the Alma
project would be able to discover.
Following the film Mr Parkinson
will give a short talk on the
constellation Matariki, also
known as Pleiades or the Seven
Sisters. The constellation, which
traditionally signalled the Maori
New Year, appears in the eastern
sky every June. Using the dome Mr
Parkinson will show people where
to find Matariki and give some
information about the
constellation. The film
will be shown in the
Event Centre ($10
for adults and $5 for
children). People need
to bring a cushion to sit
Fiordland Astronomy’s star dome gives
the feeling of flying through space.
Your mission is ...
‘Little eyes in the sky’
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