Specific sites in the Kaikōura marine area have been identified as traditional food gathering areas of special significance to Ngāti Kuri.
Three mātaitai reserves to protect the traditional food gathering areas: Te Waha o te Marangai Mātaitai (Mussel Rock), Mangamaunu and Oaro (refer to map).
Upon establishment of the mātaitai reserves, commercial fishing is prohibited. Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiaki (tangata whenua guardians) can recommend changes to the rules in a mātaitai that are required to be approved by the Minister.
The mātaitai reserves and taiāpure-local fisheries do not affect public access to the beach or marine environment.