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Southern Squid Trawl Fishery (SQU 6T) Operational Plan and sea lion protection

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking your input on the Southern Squid Trawl Fishery (SQU 6T) Operational Plan. We invite feedback from tangata whenua, stakeholders and the public on the management settings included in the plan.

The purpose of the plan

The operational plan sets out the measures in place in the Squid 6T fishery to manage the interaction between fishing activity and sea lions around the Auckland Islands. The plan sets out a range of measures to avoid, remedy, or mitigate the effect of fishing-related deaths on the New Zealand sea lion population.

The options for management measures include proposals on the:

  • maximum number of sea lion captures (observed and estimated) that can occur in the fishery before it is closed
  • proportion of fishing trips that are required to have a government observer on board
  • duration of the operational plan.

Consultation document

Consultation on the Southern Squid Trawl Fishery (SQU 6T) Operational Plan [PDF, 3.1 MB]

Related document – existing operational plan to 30 September 2023

Operational plan to manage the incidental capture of NZ sea lions in the southern squid trawl fishery (2019-2023) [PDF, 455 KB]

Making your submission

Send us your feedback by 5pm on 31 July 2023. You are encouraged to use our submission form template.

Submission form template [DOCX, 76 KB]

Email your template and feedback to

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

SQU 6T Operational Plan
Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO BOX 2526
Wellington 6140.

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document (if using email, put the title ‘SQU 6T Operational Plan’ in the subject line)
  • 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