Update – 10 July 2023
Fisheries plan for the southern pāua fisheries approved
The Minister for Oceans and Fisheries has approved a commercial fisheries plan for the 3 southern pāua fisheries – PAU 5A (Fiordland), PAU 5B (Stewart Island), and Southland/Otago (PAU 5D) – under section 11A of the Fisheries Act 1996.
The plan was developed by the PAU 5 Industry Association Incorporated (PauaMAC5) on behalf of all quota owners, ACE (annual catch entitlement) holders, and commercial harvesters. It allows for a more responsive and localised management approach of these important shared pāua fisheries.
Fisheries New Zealand received 9 submissions during the consultation. Submitters were generally supportive of the plan.
The approved plan will operate under Fisheries New Zealand's existing management settings, within the constraints of the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) and adhering to the minimum legal-size limit (MLS). The plan formalises many of the voluntary measures already in place for each commercial fishery.
By approving the plan, the minister must take it into account before setting or varying any sustainability measure for each pāua fishery.