Island resident and anti-purse seining campaigner June Hosking says the petitions were met with an enthusiastic response from residents, who also signed an earlier petition against purse seining back in 2013.
She says a drop in the number of fish caught off the island has been noticeable in recent times.
“Some visitors went out fishing most days while they were here for a week on holiday.
“One day they went around the island twice and got nothing. They only caught five or six fish in all that time.
They come here regularly and say things have really changed.
“It's odd to now find only one or two fish instead of schools of them. Then yesterday the guys caught one and half a tuna.
“Yes, this is a new problem for us here – sharks are taking a share of the catch. We wonder if they're also struggling to find fish and taking risks coming in closer to shore.
“Our local fishers say that it used to be they didn’t have to go far from shore to bring in 10 to 20 large fish in just a few hours.
“In less than a decade fish numbers have dropped significantly here in Mauke.”