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Review of east coast tarakihi sustainability measures for 1 October 2021

Update – 14 September 2021

Fisheries New Zealand has rescheduled the review of east coast tarakihi. This is due to a postponement granted by the High Court. Further decisions on east coast tarakihi will take place in 2022.

Update – 27 July 2021

Latest version of discussion document released

Fisheries New Zealand has received some updated information to inform consultation on east coast tarakihi stocks. Consequently, we've updated the consultation document

To make sure you have the latest version, check the date on the cover page. It should read 27 July 2021.

Note, the closing time for submissions remains at 5pm on Monday, 9 August 2021.

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is consulting on further changes to catch limits for the east coast tarakihi fishery following a judicial review into previous settings.

The judgement decision  

About the proposed changes

Fisheries New Zealand is proposing 3 options for consideration, which would involve further reductions to the combined TACs and TACCs for east coast tarakihi to ensure the rebuild is achieved in a period appropriate to the stock.

The proposed changes were assessed:

  • in the context of the relevant statutory requirements
  • using the best available information, including the latest scientific information on the status of the stocks.

Full details are in the consultation document. We welcome feedback from tangata whenua, stakeholders, and the public on the proposed changes. 

Consultation document

Review of sustainability measures for east coast tarakihi for 2021/22 [PDF, 669 KB]

This consultation document includes: TAR 2, TAR 3 and the east coast portions of TAR 1 & TAR 7.

Related consultation

Review of sustainability measures for 1 October 2021

Making your submission

Fisheries New Zealand invites you to make a submission on the proposals set out in the consultation document, using the submission form template.

Submission form [DOCX, 74 KB]

Once you have completed this form, email it to

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

2021 Sustainability Review
Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 9 August 2021.

If you cannot access the web pages, or require hard copies of the consultation document, or any other information, email

Legal overview

Our legal overview of sustainability measures provides the main legal requirements as they relate to decision-making on sustainability measures. It also references the relevant provisions in the Fisheries Act 1996.

Legal overview of sustainability measures [PDF, 347 KB]

Fisheries Act 1996 – NZ Legislation

Related information

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 – NZ Legislation

About the Quota Management System (QMS)

The Harvest Strategy Standard

Operational guidelines for New Zealand's Harvest Strategy Standard [PDF, 843 KB]

The deemed values guidelines [PDF, 896 KB]

Glossary of relevant terms

Web page for 2019 consultation on east coast tarakihi

Submissions are public information

Submissions made become public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in any submissions you have made. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision Fisheries New Zealand makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.