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Review of sustainability measures for fisheries – April 2024 round

Updates

4 January 2024 – Southern blue whiting (SBW 6B) consultation document released, updates for spiny rock lobster (CRA 3) and Kaikōura pāua consultations

Southern blue whiting (SBW 6B) – Bounty Platform

Fisheries New Zealand now welcomes feedback on the review of the Bounty Platform southern blue whiting fishery (SBW 6B) for 2024.

Summaries and consultation documents

The closing time for submissions on this review is the same as the other proposals – 5pm on Friday 2 February 2024.

Spiny rock lobster (CRA 3)

Fisheries New Zealand has amended the consultation and summary documents for the review of the Gisborne spiny rock lobster fishery (CRA 3) to include a status quo option. This option would maintain the current catch limits and allowances for the CRA 3 fishery from 2024. The updated consultation document and summary for CRA 3 are now available.

Summaries and consultation documents

The closing time for submissions on this review remains 5pm on Friday 2 February 2024.

Kaikōura pāua recreational fishing season

For the avoidance of doubt, note that:

  • the recreational allowance for PAU3A is 5 tonnes, and the recreational allowance for PAU7 is 15 tonnes. Recreational fishing is to be managed in a way that meets these allowances 
  • in addition to feedback on the options described in the consultation document, we welcome feedback on alternative options to achieve this
  • there will be a recreational survey to estimate recreational catch in PAU3A on a weekly basis. This would allow actions during the season to further constrain recreational catch if appropriate (as described in paragraph 77 of the discussion document)
  • the PAU3 and PAU7 fisheries plans approved under s11A of the Fisheries Act 1996 contain strategies that are relevant to the wider management of the Kaikōura Pāua Fishery and these will be taken into account.

The consultation document and summary for this review remain unchanged.

Summaries and consultation documents

The closing time for submissions on this review remains 5pm on Friday 2 February 2024.

18 December 2023 – CRA 7 and CRA 8 consultation document released

Fisheries New Zealand now welcomes feedback on the review of spiny rock lobster stocks CRA 7 and CRA 8 for 2024.

Summaries and consultation documents

Submissions for the review of CRA 7 and CRA 8 will close at the same time as other proposals at 5pm Friday 2 February 2024.

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback on proposed changes to sustainability measures for a range of fish stocks as part of the 2024 April sustainability round. We invite feedback from tangata whenua, stakeholders, and the public on these proposed changes.

We review catch limits for selected stocks twice a year. This is consistent with the purpose of the Fisheries Act 1996 to allow for sustainable utilisation.

About the proposed changes

Fisheries New Zealand is currently reviewing:

  • catch limits, allowances and the recreational daily bag limit for spiny rock lobster (CRA 3 – Gisborne)
  • a proposed management procedure for spiny rock lobster (CRA 7 – Otago)
  • a proposed management procedure, catch limits, and allowances for spiny rock lobster (CRA 8 – Southland, Stewart Island, and Fiordland)
  • an in-season increase to catch limits and a review of the full-year catch limits and allowances for southern bluefin tuna (STN 1 – all of New Zealand)
  • the recreational fishing season for the Kaikōura pāua fishery.

We're also reviewing catch limits and allowances for:

  • silver warehou (SWA 4 – Southland, Sub-Antarctic, and the Chatham Rise)
  • gemfish (SKI 3 and 7 – South Island and Chatham Rise) 
  • southern blue whiting (SBW 6B - Bounty Platform)

All of the proposals in this round 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 and tangata whenua and stakeholder input.

A summary of the proposals is on this page and full details are in the consultation documents.

Summary of the proposals

Species

Stock/area

Proposal

Spiny rock lobster

CRA 3

TAC ↓

Spiny rock lobster

CRA 7

Management procedure

Spiny rock lobster

CRA 8

Management procedure, and TAC ↑  

Pāua

Wider Kaikōura recreational pāua fishery

Recreational season re-opening

Southern bluefin tuna

STN 1

TAC ↑  

Silver warehou

SWA 4

TAC ↑  

Gemfish

SKI 3 and SKI 7

TACs ↑  

Southern blue whiting

SBW 6B

TBC

Consultation documents

Review of the Bounty Platform southern blue whiting fishery (SBW 6B) [PDF, 875 KB]

SBW 6B summary [PDF, 619 KB]

Review of management procedures for spiny rock lobster (CRA 7 and 8) [PDF, 1.6 MB]

CRA 7 and CRA 8 summary [PDF, 756 KB]

Review of sustainability measures for spiny rock lobster (CRA 3) for 2024/25 [PDF, 1.2 MB]

CRA 3 summary [PDF, 652 KB]

Review of the Kaikōura recreational pāua fishery for 2023/24 [PDF, 765 KB]

Kaikōura pāua summary [PDF, 739 KB]

Review of sustainability measures for southern bluefin tuna for 2024/25 [PDF, 625 KB]

STN 1 summary [PDF, 630 KB]

Review of sustainability measures for silver warehou (SWA 4) for 2024/25 [PDF, 790 KB]

SWA 4 summary [PDF, 676 KB]

Review of sustainability measures for gemfish (SKI 3 and SKI 7) for 2024/25 [PDF, 1.2 MB]

SKI 3 and SKI 7 summary [PDF, 643 KB]

Review of sustainability measures for the 2024 April round: Overview of legislative requirements and other considerations in relation to sustainability measures [PDF, 374 KB]

Related information

Fisheries Act 1996 – NZ Legislation

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, 1.4 MB]

Glossary of relevant terms 

National Fisheries Plan for deepwater and middle-depth fisheries [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Regional plan provisions and policy statements [PDF, 324 KB]

Making your submission

Fisheries New Zealand invites you to email your feedback on the proposals set out in the consultation documents by 5pm on 2 February 2024. Email FMsubmissions@mpi.govt.nz  

A template is available to help you complete your submission.

Submission form template [DOCX, 74 KB]

While we prefer email, you can post written submissions to:

2024 Sustainability Review
Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation