Review of the blue cod 5 (BCO5) pot mesh size

Closing Date:

Contact: Inshore fisheries team

Email: FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

Update – 18 August 2017

Minister's decisions

Following consultation, the Government has decided to increase the minimum blue cod pot mesh size from 48mm to 54mm in BCO5 (blue cod in Southland, including Fiordland, and Stewart, Campbell and Antipodes islands).

This will help ensure sustainability and promote productivity in BCO5 by reducing the proportion of undersize blue cod caught.

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Note, personal and commercially sensitive information has been removed from the submissions.

Consultation background

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) was reviewing whether the minimum commercial blue cod pot mesh size in the BCO5 area (Southland including Fiordland, and Stewart, Campbell and Antipodes islands) should be increased from 48mm to 54mm.

The proposal would help ensure sustainability and promote productivity in BCO5 by reducing the proportion of undersize blue cod caught. It is supported by industry and the Blue Cod 5 Management Group (BCO5MG), and MPI's Southern Inshore Working Group.
MPI wanted your feedback on whether to:

  • Option 1 (preferred) - increase the minimum cod pot mesh size to 54mm in BCO5, or
  • Option 2 (status quo) - retain the current minimum cod pot mesh size of 48mm in BCO5.

Full details are in the consultation document.

Consultation document

Making a submission

Consultation closed at 5pm on 15 February 2017.

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