Operational Plan to manage the incidental capture of New Zealand sea lions in the southern squid trawl fishery (SQU 6T) for 2016-17

Closing Date:

Contact: Deepwater Fisheries Management team

Email: FMSubmission@mpi.govt.nz

Have your say

Until 23 December 2016, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment to extend for another year the Operational Plan to manage the incidental capture of New Zealand sea lions in the southern squid trawl fishery (SQU 6T) for 2016-17. The previous 5-year Operational Plan expired on 30 September 2016.

A collaborative review of management settings for the SQU 6T fishery has been included as an action under the proposed New Zealand Sea lion Threat Management Plan (TMP). However, because the TMP has not yet been finalised, revised management measures will not be ready in time before the southern squid fishery begins in late January 2017.

Based on the outcomes of research done to support the development of the TMP, it is considered that operating under the current management settings for one more season will not pose any additional risk to the New Zealand sea lion population. More details about the proposed extension are in a letter sent to stakeholders on 12 December 2016.

Download the letter sent to stakeholders [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Making your submission

Email your feedback by 5pm on 23 December 2016 to FMSubmission@mpi.govt.nz

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address and email).

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Deepwater Fisheries Management Team
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

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