Review of Fisheries Sustainability Measures for 1 April 2014

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The Minister for Primary Industries has recently made decisions on sustainability measures for selected fishstocks for the 2014-15 fishing year beginning 1 April 2014.

The Minister’s decision letter provides the details of, and reasons for, each of his decisions.

In summary the Minister decided to:

DecisionsReasons
Southern scallops (SCA 7) Decrease the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) from 827 to 520 tonnes, and within this, decrease the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) from 747 to 400 tonnes and set an allowance for other sources of fishing-related mortality of 40 tonnes

Campbell Island southern blue whiting (SBW 6I)

Increase the TAC from 30,000 to 40,000 tonnes, and within this, increase the TACC from 29,400 to 39,200 tonnes and increase the allowance for other sources of fishing-related mortality from 600 to 800 tonnes;

Bay of Plenty rock lobster (CRA 2)

Decrease the TAC and TACC by 36 tonnes based on the use of a new
CRA 2 management procedure;

Gisborne rock lobster (CRA 3)

Increase the TAC and TACC by 35 tonnes based on the use of the existing CRA 3 management procedure

Wellington/Hawkes Bay rock lobster (CRA 4)

Decrease the TAC and TACC by 33 tonnes based on the use of the existing CRA 4 management procedure;

Otago rock lobster (CRA 7)

Increase the TAC and TACC by 22 tonnes based on the use of the existing CRA 7 management procedure;

Westland/Taranaki rock lobster (CRA 9)

Based on the use of a new CRA 9 management procedure, set a CRA 9 TAC of 115.8 tonnes for the first time, and set an allowance for customary Maori non-commercial interests of 20 tonnes, an allowance for recreational interests of 30 tonnes and an allowance for other sources of fishing-related mortality of 5 tonnes.  The Minister also decided to increase the TACC for CRA 9 by 14 tonnes.

South-east South Island sea cucumber (SCC 3)

Retain the current annual deemed value rate for SCC 3, but put in place steeper differential rates.

Available for download below are the Final Advice Papers to the Minister, including submissions received from stakeholders:

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