[22 June/ Radio NZ]

Kaikōura and Marlborough’s quake-damaged fisheries industry may take up to a decade to recover. The Ministry for Primary Industries begun a series of public meetings on a proposal to set new closure terms for the area, as the current emergency closure expires in November. The closure relates to all shellfish and seaweed but excludes rock lobster and scampi. Burkhart Fisheries Co-Owner Dennis Burkhart supported the continued closure on new terms to ensure long-term protection, adding that attitude around the asset’s management has to change.