Have your say
We welcome your feedback on new proposals to reopen the Kaikōura coastline to pāua fishing for the 2022-23 fishing year.
The Kaikōura coastline (Marfells Beach, around Cape Campbell, and south to the Conway River, and including the Kaikōura Marine Area) is currently closed to all commercial and recreational pāua fishing, as well as for most other shellfish and seaweed species (except rock lobster, scampi, octopus, and kina).
This area was opened to pāua fishing for a limited 3-month season last year (1 December 2021 to 28 February 2022) after being closed for 5 years following the November 2016 earthquakes.
Fisheries New Zealand invites your comments on the proposals to reopen the commercial and recreational pāua (blackfoot and yellowfoot) fishery.
On this web page find:
- a summary of the recreational fishing proposals
- a summary of the commercial fishing proposals
- a summary of other proposals being considered
- the consultation documents with full details of the proposals
- background information
- how to make a submission
This table summarises the options under consideration.
Management tool or method
Open the fishery from:
Option 1: 1 March to 30 April 2023 (2 months)
Option 2: 1 May to 31 July 2023 (3 months)
The existing accumulation limit of 2 daily limits will continue to apply.
Option 1: 5 pāua per person
Option 2: 3 pāua per person
Option 3: 2 pāua per person
The daily limit would now include both blackfoot and yellowfoot pāua combined.
Minimum legal‑size limit (MLS)
Option 1: greater than 125mm (status quo)
Option 2: greater than 130mm
Option 3: greater than 135mm
The 80mm minimum legal-size for yellowfoot pāua will continue to apply.
Maximum vehicle and vessel daily limit
Option 1: maximum of up to 2 daily limits
Option 2: maximum of up to 4 daily limits
Note: Fisheries New Zealand will commission a further independent recreational fishing survey to monitor the effectiveness of measures implemented during the next season. Consideration can be given to adjusting recreational measures during the season should catch exceed expectations.
- Open the fishery year-round.
- Retain current TACC of 23 tonnes.
- Voluntary measures under 2 fisheries plans will implement catch spreading arrangements (including fishing away from popular recreational fishing areas) and a 135mm+ minimum harvest size.
We also seek your feedback on these proposals:
- Whether to open the Kaikōura coastline to all other shellfish and seaweed species fishing (except bull kelp, Durvillaea) at the same time as the recreational pāua fishery is opened. The closed area currently applies to most other shellfish and seaweed species (except rock lobster, scampi, octopus, and kina).
- A temporary closure under section 186B of the Fisheries Act 1996 is in place at Waiopuka (Wakatu Quay), Kaikōura Peninsula, which applies to all fish, shellfish, and seaweed species. This area is included within Te Taumanu o Te Waka a Māui Taiāpure. There is initial support for this temporary closure to be either extended or included in an ongoing closure of the taiāpure.
- Whether longer-term approaches for managing recreational pāua catch at Kaikōura should be explored further, such as voluntary fisher self-reporting and/or catch tagging systems used overseas for abalone fisheries.
Kaikoura Recreational Fishing Reopening - October 2022 [PDF, 2.5 MB]
Our 2021 consultation web page has detailed background information on the history of the Kaikōura fishery closure and the limited 3-month opening of the commercial and recreational pāua fishery. You'll also find links to:
- research reports on the recovery of fisheries resources along the Kaikōura coastline
- the PAU 3 and PAU 7 fisheries plans.
Email your feedback on the proposals by 5pm on 30 November 2022 to FMsubmissions@mpi.govt.nz
While we prefer email, you can post us your feedback to:
Inshore Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526