Harvesting of scallop, mussel, crayfish and pāua from Waiheke Island waters has been banned from today and will stay that way for two years. Minister for Oceans and Fisheries, David Parker, endorsed a request from local iwi Ngāti Pāoa which had placed a rāhui around the foreshore in January to allow taonga species to restore and replenish. The temporary closure includes inshore waters around Waiheke Island, out to one nautical mile offshore and applies to customary, commercial, and recreational fishing. Fisheries NZ says of 244 submissions on the proposal, the majority supported the closure.