Boat moorings on Rotorua's lakes could face being removed if the Regional Council can not track down the owners.
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is surveying Rotorua lakes during the next few months to find out who owns hundreds of moorings.
The Regional Council's manager of maritime operations Reuben Fraser said most moorings on Rotorua's lakes didn't have resource consent or approval under the Regional Council's navigation and safety bylaws, and they required both.
Mr Fraser said there were no 'official' mooring areas designated on any of Rotorua's lakes, but moorings had been installed by many boat owners over the years.
"We are not sure about how many are out there, but there are likely to be hundreds. Many of them have never been properly authorised and we want to ensure they are properly registered as simply as possible.''
He said the moorings needed to be registered and have a resource consent to ensure the safety of all lake users,
and to ensure illegal moorings did not proliferate in the lakes.
During the next few months all moorings in Rotorua lakes will be surveyed and basic details collected, including what sort of structure they are and the GPS location.
"Once we know what moorings exist and where they are, a plan will be put in place to get them all legalised. We want to make the process as streamlined and efficient as possible, but first we need to understand how many moorings we have and who they belong to.''
Any cost for registering the moorings would go through a public process, with owners able to make submissions.
"No moorings that appear to not have an owner will be removed until all avenues to contact owners are exhausted,'' Mr Fraser said.
Mooring owners can email details of their mooring, with a photo if possible, to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact a Regional Council water administration officer on 0800 884 880.