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Feedback Sought On Fisheries Catch Limits


Fisheries New Zealand is inviting people to have their
say on proposed changes to catch limits and other settings
across a range of fisheries for the new fishing year,
beginning 1 October.

“The consultation is part of a
regular cycle of reviews that take place twice-yearly to
ensure the sustainability of New Zealand’s fisheries, says
Emma Taylor, Fisheries New Zealand’s Director of Fisheries
Management.

“By reviewing the catch limits and other
management measures of fish stocks, we help ensure their
long-term sustainability for all New Zealanders to
enjoy.

This review focuses on 15 fish stocks across
the country, with proposals to change their catch limits and
allowances.

Deemed value adjustments are also proposed
for some of these stocks, as well as for an additional six
fish stocks. Deemed values are rates paid by fishers for
excess catch, and provide incentives for individual
commercial fishers to stay within limits.

“Our
fisheries are important to everyone and, along with
scientific information, we have developed the proposals with
input from tangata whenua and stakeholders.

“We use
the best available scientific information to tell us
what’s happening in our fisheries and to identify what
course of action to take. Where information suggests more
fish can be harvested sustainably, we look to increase catch
limits. On the other hand, if stocks aren’t as healthy,
catch limits are reduced to help the fishery
recover.

An example is the snapper fishery on the west
cost of the North Island (SNA 8) which has shown positive
changes. This follows cuts made to the catch limits in
2005.

“The latest scientific assessment found that
abundance of snapper has increased, and the fishery has
recovered from historical lows. With more fish in the water,
we’re proposing changes to the catch settings to make sure
they’re set appropriately while maintaining the
sustainability of this important shared
fishery.

“Once consultation closes, Fisheries New
Zealand will analyse the submissions and make
recommendations to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries to
make a decision. Most changes will come into effect from the
new fishing year, beginning on 1 October
2021.”

Consultation begins today and we encourage
everyone who has an interest in these fisheries to have
their say. Submissions can be made online by 5pm
Tuesday 27th July 2021
.

Details about the
proposed measures and how to make a submission can be found
on the Fisheries New Zealand website at: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/consultations/review-of-sustainability-measures-2021-october-round.

Background

Consultation
is on proposed changes to the following
fisheries:

Inshore
fisheries

  • Snapper (SNA 8 – West coast of
    Auckland, Northland, Taranaki, and
    Wellington)
  • Hāpuku/Bass (HPB 1 & 2 –
    Northland, Bay of Plenty, and east coast North
    Island)
  • Red gurnard (GUR 7 – West Coast and top of
    the South Island, and GUR 1 – east and west coasts of
    Auckland and Northland, and Bay of Plenty)
  • Pāua
    (PAU 3a & 3b – Kaikōura and
    Christchurch)
  • Blue Cod (BCO 3 – Kaikōura,
    Canterbury, and Otago)
  • School shark (SCH 5 –
    Southland and Sub-Antarctic)

Deepwater and
Highly Migratory Species

  • Hoki (HOK 1 –
    nation-wide)
  • Ling (LIN 5 – Southland
    region)
  • Black Cardinal fish (CDL 1 – off east
    coast of Northland and Auckland)
  • Gemfish (SKI 3
    & 7 – South Island, Chatham Rise, west coast off
    Taranaki and Wellington)
  • Southern bluefin tuna (STN
    1 – nation-wide)

Review of deemed values
only

  • Bluenose (BNS 2 – East Cape, Hawke’s
    Bay, and Wellington)
  • Gemfish (SKI 1 – northern
    east and west coasts North Island, and SKI 2 – East Cape,
    Hawke’s Bay, and Wellington)
  • Blue cod (BCO 7 –
    West Coast and top of the South Island)
  • Alfonsino
    (BYX 2 – East Cape, Hawke’s Bay, and
    Wellington)
  • Kingfish (KIN 8 – west coast of
    Northland, Auckland, Taranaki, and
    Wellington)

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