Review of sustainability measures for 1 October 2019

Closing Date:
Contact: Fisheries management team

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback from tangata whenua and stakeholders on proposed changes to the sustainability measures and other management controls for selected fishstocks.

We also want your feedback about:

  • deemed value rate reviews for 8 fish stocks
  • a proposal to add snapper, tarakihi, scallops, and blue cod to those species whose catch must be reported by amateur fishing charter vessel operators.

The consultation will run from 18 June until 26 July 2019.

Public meetings on tarakihi

We are holding 3 public meetings focused on tarakihi, as this proposal is likely to be of interest to a large number of fishers. We’ll outline concerns for the tarakihi stock and the options being considered to rebuild it. There will also be time for questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be provided.

LocationDate/TimeVenue
Christchurch

5 July 2019

3.30pm - 5pm

Ministry for Primary Industries
14 Sir William Pickering Dr
Burnside

Complete the online registration form

Auckland

11 July 2019

6pm - 8pm

Ministry for Primary Industries
17 Maurice Wilson Ave
Mangere

Complete the online registration form

Hawke's Bay

12 July 2019

10.30am - 12.30pm

East Pier Hotel
50 Nelson Quay
Ahuriri
Napier

Complete the online registration form

Consultation documents

If you can't open the documents or would like printed copies, email FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

Deepwater stocks

Gemfish (SKI 3 and 7) [PDF, 957 KB]

Hake (HAK 7) [PDF, 893 KB]

Hoki (HOK 1) [PDF, 1 MB]

Ling (LIN 7) [PDF, 937 KB]

Orange roughy (ORH 3B) [PDF, 1 MB]

Orange roughy (ORH 7A) [PDF, 895 KB]

Inshore stocks

Kina (SUR 1A and 1B) [PDF, 806 KB]

Pāua(PAU 4) [PDF, 675 KB]

Red snapper (RSN 1 and 2) [PDF, 800 KB]

Top of the South trawl fishery for 4 stock [PDF, 642 KB]
Elephant fish (ELE 7); Gurnard (GUR 7); John dory (JDO 7); Rig (SPO 7)

Tarakihi

Tarakihi (TAR 1, 2, 3 and 7) [PDF, 2.1 MB]

Industry proposal [PDF, 11 MB]

Deemed value rates

Deemed value rates for 8 selected stocks [PDF, 669 KB]

  • Bluenose (BNS 7)
  • Black cardinalfish (CDL 5)
  • Jack mackerel (JMA 7)
  • Kingfish (KIN 3)
  • Rubyfish (RBY 5 and 6)
  • Silver warehou (SWA 3 and 4)

Amateur fishing charter vessel reporting

Consultation document [PDF, 507 KB]

Statutory considerations

Overview of legal and other considerations for sustainability reviews [PDF, 558 KB]

Related information

You may want to refer to some or all of this information when considering the proposals and providing your feedback:

What's being proposed?

Reviews of catch limits and other management controls for selected stocks are undertaken annually. This is consistent with the requirement that Fisheries New Zealand ensure the sustainable utilisation of fisheries resources.

The proposals for each stock were assessed in the context of the relevant statutory requirements and the best available information, including the latest scientific information on the status of the stocks, and tangata whenua and stakeholder input.

A summary of proposals is provided in the table below. For more detail, refer to the consultation documents. Links to the consultation documents for each stock are included in the table.

Stock

Change to

catch limits

Rationale and proposal

plus links to consultation documents

Gemfish

SKI 3 and 7

[Entire South Island and lower west coast North Island]

Data from fishery-independent trawl surveys and catch-per-unit-effort analysis indicates these stocks have increased considerably in recent years. 

Fisheries New Zealand proposes to increase both the total allowable catch (TAC) and the total allowable commercial (TACC) for these 2 stocks.

Gemfish consultation document [PDF, 957 KB]

Elephant fish

ELE 7

Gurnard

GUR 7

John dory

JDO 7

Rig

SPO 7

[All top of the South Island]

 

 

 

 

 

These 4 stock are part of the top of the South Island trawl fishery. The most recent stock status assessments in 2016 and 2018 estimate that these 4 stocks are at or above target levels.

Fisheries New Zealand proposes to set a total allowable catch (TAC) for the elephant fish stock (ELE 7) and increase it for the other three.

Top of the South Island trawl fishery consultation document [PDF, 642 KB]

Hake

HAK 7

[West Coast South Island]

The stock assessment for hake in HAK 7 indicates the stock is likely to be below the soft limit, requiring the implementation of a time-bound rebuilding plan.

Fisheries New Zealand proposes 3 options to reduce the total allowable catch and the total allowable commercial catch (TAC and TACC).

Hake consultation document [PDF, 893 KB]

Hoki

[Entire New Zealand coast]

The stock assessment indicates that the stock is potentially below the management target range.

Fisheries New Zealand proposes 2 options to reduce both the total allowable catch (TAC) and the total allowable commercial catch (TACC).

Hoki consultation document [PDF, 1 MB]

Kina

SUR 1A and 1B

[North east coast of North Island]

Information indicates large and increasing populations.

It is proposed to increase both the total allowable catch (TAC) and the total allowable commercial catch (TACC).

Kina consultation document [PDF, 806 KB]

Ling

LIN 7

[West Coast South Island and Cook Strait]

Assessment estimates the stock is very likely to be above the management target.

Fisheries New Zealand proposes 2 options to increase both the total allowable catch (TAC) and total allowable commercial catch (TACC).

Ling consultation document [PDF, 937 KB]

Orange Roughy 3B

ORH 3B

[East Coast South Island]

This stock has considerably increased in recent years.

It is proposed to implement the second of a 3-year phased increase to the total allowable commercial catch (TACC).

Orange roughy 3B consultation document [PDF, 1 MB]

Orange Roughy 7A

[West Coast South Island]

This stock is estimated to be near the upper end of the management target range.

Fisheries New Zealand proposes 3 options to increase both the total allowable catch (TAC) and total allowable commercial catch (TACC).

Orange roughy 7A consultation document [PDF, 895 KB]

Pāua

PAU 4

[Chatham Islands]

Stock is believed to have declined since 2001.

It is proposed to re-address 2018 decisions as part of the settlement of court proceedings for PAU 4.

Pāua consultation document [PDF, 675 KB]

Red Snapper

RSN 1 and 2

[Entire New Zealand coast]

Information on both stocks is limited. Available information is based on catch trends, which is decreasing for RSN 1 and increasing for RSN 2.

It is proposed to reallocate the total allowable commercial catch (TACC) between RSN 1 and 2 to facilitate improved access to these RSN stocks.

Red snapper consultation document [PDF, 800 KB]

Tarakihi

TAR 1, 2, 3, and 7

[East Coast North and South Island]

There are concerns for the sustainability of this stock.

Two catch reduction options are proposed to rebuild this stock.

The fishing industry has also proposed an alternative option. This proposal is to lower the management target, maintain current catch levels, and implement a strategy and rebuild plan.

Tarakihi consultation document [PDF, 2.1 MB]

Industry proposal [PDF, 11 MB]

Making your submission

We're accepting submissions until 5pm on 26 July 2019.

You can send us feedback by:

  • completing an online survey (this method is available only for tarakihi, red snapper, kina, 'Top of the South' trawl fishery species, and hoki)
  • email
  • post

Online survey

For fisheries of particular interest to recreational fishers and the general public, we have created an online submission form. The survey is hosted on an external website called SurveyMonkey. It can be used to give feedback on:

  • Tarakihi (TAR 1, 2, 3 and 7)
  • Red snapper (RSN 1 and 2)
  • Kina (SUR 1A and SUR 1B)
  • Top of the South Island trawl fishery (JDO 7, GUR 7, ELE 7, SPO 7)
  • Hoki (HOK 1)

You need only answer the questions for the species that interest you.

Submission form

For your convenience, you can download a submission form. Note, you are not required to use this form but it will help you give feedback.

Submission form in Word [DOCX, 68 KB]

Email

Email feedback, with or without the submission form to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

Post

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

Sustainability Review 2019
Fisheries New Zealand
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140

What to include in your email or written submission

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the fish stock in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation or a company)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address and email).

Background to consultation

The Fisheries Act 1996 allows the Minister of Fisheries to set or change catch limits for fish stocks to maintain sustainable populations.

Fisheries New Zealand reviews the sustainability measures for all stocks each year and proposes changes when necessary. Stakeholders, including tangata whenua, must be consulted on these proposals.

There are 2 consultations a year – one for stocks with a fishing year ending in October, and one for stock with a fishing year ending in April.

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it. 

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