New bylaws - 10 years in the making - are now in place to better protect taonga species for lakes in Te Arawa.
The Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes (Rotoehu, Rotomā, Rotorua, Ōkataina, Rotoiti, Ōkareka, Rerewhakaaitu, Tarawera, Rotomahana, Tikitapu, Ngāhewa, Tutaeīnanga, Ngāpouri and Ōkaro) are now covered by the Te Arawa Lakes (fisheries) Bylaw 2020.
A permit will be required for anyone taking these taonga species which include tuna, īnanga, kākahi, kōaro, kōura and mōrihana. To get a permit, email email@example.com
Scuba diving for kōura is also now illegal.