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Review of sustainability measures for fisheries – October 2024 round

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 October sustainability round. We invite feedback from tangata whenua, stakeholders, and the public on these proposed changes.

About the proposed changes

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

In this round, we're reviewing catch limits and allowances for:

  • blue cod (BCO 5) – Southland and Sub-Antarctic
  • kina (SUR 3) – East Coast South Island
  • kingfish (KIN 3) – East Coast South Island, Southland, and Sub-Antarctic
  • leatherjacket (LEA 3) – East Coast South Island, Southland, and Sub-Antarctic
  • snapper (SNA 2), Rig (SPO 2), – East Cape, Gisborne, Wairarapa, and south coast of Wellington; and John Dory (JDO 2) – East Cape, Gisborne, Wairarapa, Wellington, and Taranaki
  • snapper (SNA 7), Elephantfish (ELE 7), and Flatfish (FLA 7) – West Coast and top of the South Island
  • snapper (SNA 8) – west coast North Island
  • jack mackerel (JMA 7), Kingfish (KIN 7 and 8), Pilchard (PIL 7 and 8) – west coast North and South islands
  • orange roughy (ORH 7A) – Challenger Plateau

We're reviewing catch limits, allowances, and minimum legal size limit for pāua (PAU 3A) – Kaikōura.

We're also reviewing deemed value rates for silver warehou (SWA 3 and 4) – East Coast South Island, Chatham Rise, Southland, and Sub-Antarctic.

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.

Fisheries New Zealand is also awaiting information from international management discussions for pacific bluefin tuna (TOR 1) which may inform a review of sustainability measures. Should a review proceed, consultation will begin in July.

We've prepared a summary table of the proposed changes – full details are in the consultation documents.

Table: Summary of the proposals and consultation documents




Consultation document

Blue cod


TAC ↓  

Review of sustainability measures for blue cod (BCO 5) for 2024/25 [PDF, 1 MB]



TAC ↑  

Review of sustainability measures for kina (SUR 3) for 2024/25 [PDF, 777 KB]



TAC ↑  

Review of sustainability measures for kingfish (KIN 3) for 2024/25 [PDF, 661 KB]



TAC ↑  

Review of sustainability measures for leatherjacket (LEA 3) for 2024/25 [PDF, 520 KB]

Snapper, Rig, and John Dory


TAC ↑  

Review of sustainability measures for snapper (SNA 2), rig (SPO 2), and John dory (JDO 2) for 2024/25 [PDF, 1.1 MB]


TAC ↑  


TAC ↓  

Snapper, Elephantfish, and Flatfish


TAC ↑  

Review of sustainability measures for snapper (SNA 7), flatfish (FLA 7), and elephantfish (ELE 7) for 2024/25 [PDF, 1.2 MB]


TAC ↑  


TAC ↓  



TAC ↑  

Review of sustainability measures for snapper (SNA 8) for 2024/25 [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Jack mackerel, Kingfish, and Pilchard


TAC ↑  

Review of sustainability measures for jack mackerel (JMA 7), kingfish (KIN 7 & 8), and pilchard (PIL 7 & 8) for 2024/25 [PDF, 1.4 MB]

KIN 7 and 8

TACs ↑  


TAC ↓  


TAC ↑  

Orange roughy


TAC ↓  

Review of sustainability measures for orange roughy (ORH 7A) for 2024/25 [PDF, 596 KB]



TAC ↑  

Review of sustainability measures for pāua (PAU 3A) for 2024/25 [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Silver Warehou

SWA 3, SWA 4

DVs ↓  

Review of deemed value rates for silver warehou (SWA 3 & SWA 4) for 2024/25 [PDF, 667 KB]

Supporting document

Information on the interpretation and application of the statutory considerations relevant to TAC and deemed value rate decisions is provided in the Legal Appendix [PDF, 390 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 29 July 2024 to

A template is available to help you complete your submission.

Submission form [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).

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]

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