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Review of east coast tarakihi sustainability measures for 1 October 2022

Update – 27 September 2022

Following consultation, the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries has made decisions on sustainability measures for the East Coast tarakihi fishery for the 2022/23 October fishing year.

We have released:

Decision letter and advice paper

The Decision letter – Minister for Oceans and Fisheries [PDF, 449 KB]

Review of sustainability measures for East Coast tarakihi for 2022/23 – Fisheries New Zealand decision paper [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Public submissions received during consultation

Submissions received during consultation on East Coast tarakihi [PDF, 12 MB]

Summary of the minister's decisions for East Coast tarakihi

Species

Stock (area)

 Change  Decision summary

Tarakihi

TAR 1* - Auckland and Northland

  • Decrease the TAC from 1,333 to 1,259 tonnes.
  • Decrease the TACC from 1,045 to 978 tonnes.
  • Retain allowances for customary Māori fishing and recreational fishing at 73 and 110 tonnes, respectively.
  • Decrease the allowance for all other sources of mortality caused by fishing from 105 to 98 tonnes.

TAR 2 - East Cape, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington

  • Decrease the TAC from 1,658 to 1,387 tonnes.
  • Decrease the TACC from 1,350 to 1,104 tonnes.
  • Retain allowances for customary Māori fishing and recreational fishing at 100 and 73 tonnes, respectively.
  • Decrease the allowance for all other sources of mortality caused by fishing from 135 to 110 tonnes.

TAR 3 - East Coast South Island

  • Decrease the TAC from 1,060 to 793 tonnes.
  • Decrease the TACC from 936 to 694 tonnes.
  • Retain allowances for customary Māori fishing and recreational fishing at each at 15 tonnes.
  • Decrease the allowance for all other sources of mortality caused by fishing from 94 to 69 tonnes.

TAR 7* - West Coast South Island and Cook strait

  • Decrease the TAC from 1,154 to 1,121 tonnes.
  • Decrease the TACC from 1,024 to 994 tonnes.
  • Retain allowances for customary Māori fishing and recreational fishing at 5 and 23 tonnes, respectively.
  • Decrease the allowance for all other sources of mortality caused by fishing from 102 to 99 tonnes.

* Note: the reductions for TAR 1 and TAR 7 are entirely from the eastern portions of the quota management areas.

The Minister for Oceans and Fisheries has made decisions on sustainability measures for a number of other selected fish stocks as part of the October 2022 sustainability round. More information on those decisions can be found in the Minister’s decision letter above, or by visiting the consultation page for those other fish stocks at: 

Review of sustainability measures – October 2022 round

Further cuts for East Coast tarakihi limits to rebuild numbers faster – Government media release

We asked for your feedback

Fisheries New Zealand consulted on changes to catch limits for the east coast tarakihi fishery. We invited feedback from tangata whenua, stakeholders, and the public on the proposed changes.

About the proposed changes

Fisheries New Zealand proposed 3 options for reductions to the combined Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) of east coast tarakihi to ensure that the rebuild of the fishery is achieved in a period appropriate to the stock.

The proposed changes have been 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 and consideration of international best practice.

Full details are provided in the consultation document below.

Consultation document

Review of sustainability measures for east coast tarakihi (TAR 2, TAR 3 and eastern portions of TAR 1 and TAR 7) for 2022/23 [PDF, 850 KB]

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, 287 KB]

Related information

2021 High Court judgement decision for east coast tarakihi  

East Coast tarakihi: rebuilding numbers

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 – NZ Legislation

About the Quota Management System (QMS)

The Harvest Strategy Standard

The deemed values guidelines [PDF, 896 KB]

Glossary of relevant terms

Submissions are public information

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Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation