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Review of sustainability measures for pāua (PAU 2) – 2023 April round

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is consulting on proposed changes to sustainability measures for pāua (PAU 2) as part of the 2023 April sustainability round. We invite feedback from tangata whenua, stakeholders, and the public on these proposed changes.

Fisheries New Zealand has extended the consultation period for the review of sustainability measures for PAU 2 for 2023/24. Submissions for the review of PAU 2 close at 5pm on Friday 24 March 2023.

This extension only applies to the review of sustainability measures for PAU 2. Consultation for the remaining stocks in the 2023 April sustainability round will still close at 5pm on 8 February 2023.

Review of sustainability measures for 1 April 2023

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.

Fisheries New Zealand is currently reviewing catch limits, allowances, and recreational daily bag limits for PAU 2 (lower and central North Island).

The proposals for PAU 2 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.

Full details are in the consultation document.

Consultation document

Review of sustainability measures for pāua (PAU 2) for 2023/24 [PDF, 649 KB]

Related consultation

The related consultation for other stocks in the 2023 April sustainability round (rock lobster, kina, scallops) will still close at 5pm 8 February 2023.

Review of sustainability measures for 1 April 2023

Making your submission

Submissions for the review of PAU 2 close at 5pm on Friday 24 March 2023.

To make your submission,  use this form [DOCX, 80 KB]

Email your completed form to

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

2023 Sustainability Review
Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

If you require hard copies of the consultation document or any other information, email

Summary table of the proposals

This table summarises the PAU 2 measures that are under review as part of the April 2023 sustainability round.

Abbreviations used in the table are:

  • TAC: Total allowable catch.
  • TACC: Total allowable commercial catch.


Stock (area)


Rationale for review



East Cape, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington, and Taranaki



PAU 2 is a shared fishery highly valued by customary Māori, recreational, and commercial fishers. The stock covers a large area – all the lower and central North Island. Fisheries New Zealand is proposing to set a TAC and allowances for the 1 October 2023 fishing year, noting that only a TACC is currently set. Fisheries New Zealand is also proposing options to address recreational harvest pressure following concerns of localised depletion across many areas.

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, 369 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, 352 KB]

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website.

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