Review of North Island eel sustainability measures for 1 October 2018

Closing Date:
Contact: Fisheries Management

Background to consultation

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback from tangata whenua and stakeholders on a review of sustainability settings for North Island freshwater eels:

  • shortfin eels (Anguilla australis) in Quota Management Areas SFE 20 to SFE 23
  • longfin eels (Anguilla dieffenbachia) in Quota Management Areas LFE 20 to LFE 23.

This review is informed by a new scientific stock assessment, completed in 2017 and reviewed through Fisheries New Zealand's science working group process.

The assessment is based on:

  • estimates of relative abundance of longfin and shortfin eels in the fished areas of each Quota Management Area
  • annual recruitment of elvers
  • assessment of the amount of available eel habitat commercially fished (longfin eels only). 

What's being proposed?

Shortfin eels (SFE 20 to SFE 23)

The only proposed option is status quo (no change). This is because, based on the best available information, the current sustainability controls are allowing numbers of shortfin eels to increase.

Longfin eels (LFE 20 to LFE 23)

Two options are proposed for each LFE stock:

  • Option 1: Status quo (no change), or
  • Option 2: Reduce the total allowable catch by 15% and the total allowable commercial catch by 32%. No proposed changes to the allowances for customary or recreational fishing.

The proposals for each stock have been assessed based on relevant statutory requirements and the best available information, including:

  • latest scientific information on the status of the stocks
  • tangata whenua and stakeholder input.

More details are in the consultation document.

Consultation document

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Making your submission

Provide your feedback on the consultation document by 5pm on 27 July 2018.

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document (in the subject line if emailing)
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if applicable)
  • your address.

We encourage you to use the submission template to provide feedback, but this is optional.

You can send written submissions to MPI by email or post.



North Island Eel Review
Inshore Fisheries Management
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140

Alternatively, provide feedback through our online survey.

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