The Minister for Primary Industries recently made decisions on sustainability measures for selected rock lobster, surf clam and scallop stocks for the 2013-14 fishing year beginning 1 April 2013.
The Minister’s decision letter provides the details of, and reasons for, his decisions.
- Minister’s Decision Letter [PDF, 202 KB]
In summary the Minister has decided to:
- Gisborne (CRA 3) rock lobster fishery – be guided by the existing CRA 3 Management Procedure and increase the CRA 3 Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) by 32.2 tonnes;
- Wellington/Hawkes Bay (CRA 4) rock lobster fishery – be guided by the existing CRA 4 Management Procedure and increase the CRA 4 TAC and TACC by 32.8 tonnes;
- Otago (CRA 7) rock lobster fishery- use the new CRA 7 Management Procedure and decrease the CRA 7 TAC and TACC by 19.9 tonnes;
- Southern (CRA 8) rock lobster fishery- use the new CRA 8 Management Procedure and retain the current TAC, TACC and allowances;
- Central (Egmont) surf clam fishery for deepwater tuatua, triangle shell, large trough shell and ringed dosinia - increase the TACs by between 203 and 1813 tonnes, and within this, increase the TACCs and allowances for Maori customary fishing and other sources of fishing-related mortality by various amounts;
- Coromandel (SCA CS) scallop fishery – increase the TAC by 83 tonnes and within this, increase the TACC, and allowances for Maori customary fishing and recreational interests.
Available for download below are the Final Advice Papers to the Minister, including submissions received from stakeholders:
- National Rock Lobster Management Group Final Advice Paper [PDF, 453 KB]
- Rock lobster Submissions [PDF, 1 MB]
- Surf clam Final Advice Paper and submissions [PDF, 951 KB]
- Coromandel scallop Final Advice Paper and submissions [PDF, 1.9 MB]