Review of sustainability measures for 1 October 2019

Closing Date:
Contact: Fisheries management team

Update – 27 September 2019

Minister announces decisions on 28 fish stocks 

Following consultation, the Minister of Fisheries has made decisions on sustainability measures for 28 selected fish stocks for the 2019/20 fishing year, beginning 1 October 2019. This includes decisions relating to total allowable catches (TACs), non-commercial allowances, total allowable commercial catches (TACCs) for 20 stocks, and deemed value changes for 8 stocks.

The Quota Management System provides a flexible framework that is responsive to change. This allows catch limits to be adjusted in response to changes in abundance.

The decisions are based on best available scientific evidence along with feedback from tangata whenua, stakeholders, and the community.

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

Decision documents

Minister's decision letter [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Decision document [PDF, 7 MB]

Submissions

Part 1 [PDF, 9.3 MB] 

Part 2 [PDF, 9.9 MB]

Part 3 [PDF, 13 MB]

Tarakihi documents

NZIER economic assessment of tarakihi [PDF, 941 KB]

Updated industry eastern tarakihi strategy and rebuild plan [PDF, 11 MB]

Summary table of decisions

Area

Change

Decision summary


Inshore Stocks

North east coast North Island kina (SUR 1A)

-

  • Maintain the TAC at 172 tonnes
  • Maintain the TACC at 40 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 65 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 65 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing at 2 tonnes

North east coast North Island kina (SUR 1B)

-

  • Maintain the TAC at 324 tonnes
  • Maintain the TACC at 140 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 90 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 90 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing at 4 tonnes

Chatham Islands pāua
(PAU 4)

-

  • Set a TAC at 334 tonnes
  • Maintain the TACC at 326 tonnes
  • Set the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 3 tonnes
  • Set the allowance for recreational fishing at 3 tonnes
  • Set the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing at 2 tonnes

Northern east coast, North Island red snapper (RSN 1)

  • Reduce the TAC from 140 to 80 tonnes
  • Reduce the TACC from 124 to 64 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 2 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 13 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing at 1 tonne

Rest of New Zealand coast red snapper (RSN 2)

  • Increase the TAC from 25 to 85 tonnes
  • Increase the TACC from 21 to 81 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 2 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 1 tonne
  • Maintain the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing at 1 tonne

Northern East Coast North Island tarakihi (TAR 1)

  • Reduce the TAC from 1,390 to 1,333 tonnes
  • Reduce the TACC from 1,097 to 1,045 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 73 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 110 tonnes
  • Reduce the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing from 110 to 105 tonnes

Southern East Coast North Island tarakihi (TAR 2)

  • Reduce the TAC from 1,823 to 1,658 tonnes
  • Reduce the TACC from 1,500 to 1,350 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 100 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 73 tonnes
  • Reduce the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing from 150 to 135 tonnes

East Coast South Island tarakihi (TAR 3)

  • Reduce the TAC from 1,174 to 1,060 tonnes
  • Reduce the TACC from 1,040 to 936 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 15 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 15 tonnes
  • Reduce the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing from 104 to 94 tonnes

West Coast South Island and Cook Strait tarakihi (TAR 7)

  • Reduce the TAC from 1,174 to 1,154 tonnes
  • Reduce the TACC from 1,042 to 1,024 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 5 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 23 tonnes
  • Reduce the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing from 104 to 102 tonnes

Top of the South Island elephant fish (ELE 7)

-

  • Set a TAC at 127 tonnes
  • Maintain the TACC at 102 tonnes
  • Set the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 5 tonnes
  • Set the allowance for recreational fishing at 10 tonnes
  • Set the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing at 10 tonnes

Top of the South Island gurnard
(GUR 7)

  • Increase the TAC from 1,065 to 1,176 tonnes
  • Increase the TACC from 975 to 1,073 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 15 tonnes
  • Increase the allowance for recreational fishing from 25 to 38 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing at 50 tonnes

Top of the South Island John dory
(JDO 7)

  • Increase the TAC from 226 to 247 tonnes
  • Increase the TACC from 209 to 230 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 2 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 4 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing at 11 tonnes

Top of the South Island rig
(SPO 7)

  • Increase the TAC from 346 to 373 tonnes
  • Increase the TACC from 271 to 298 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 15 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 33 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing at 27 tonnes

Deepwater Stocks

South Island and lower west coast North Island gemfish
(SKI 3 and 7)

  • Increase the TAC from 300 to 606 tonnes
  • Increase the TACC from 300 to 599 tonnes
  • Set an allowance for Māori customary fishing at 1 tonne
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 0 tonnes
  • Increase the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing from 0 to 6 tonnes

West Coast South Island hake
(HAK 7)

  • Reduce the TAC from 5,120 to 2,300 tonnes
  • Reduce the TACC from 5,064 to 2,272 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 5 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 0 tonnes
  • Reduce the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing from 51 to 23 tonnes

Entire New Zealand coast hoki
(HOK 1)

  • Reduce the TAC from 151,540 to 116,190 tonnes
  • Reduce the TACC from 150,000 to 115,000 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 20 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 20 tonnes
  • Reduce the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing from 1,500 to 1,150 tonnes

West Coast South Island and Cook Strait ling
(LIN 7)

  • Increase the TAC from 3,144 to 3,458 tonnes
  • Increase the TACC from 3,080 to 3,387 tonnes
  • Increase the allowance for Māori customary fishing from 1 to 2 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 1 tonne
  • Increase the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing from 62 to 68 tonnes

East Coast South Island orange roughy (ORH 3B)

  • Increase the TAC from 6,413 to 7,116 tonnes
  • Increase the TACC from 6,091 to 6,772 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for Māori customary fishing at 5 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 0 tonnes
  • Increase the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing from 317 to 339 tonnes

West Coast South Island orange roughy
(ORH 7A)

  • Increase the TAC from 1,680 to 2,163 tonnes
  • Increase the TACC from 1,600 to 2,058 tonnes
  • Increase the allowance for Māori customary fishing from 0 to 2 tonnes
  • Maintain the allowance for recreational fishing at 0 tonnes
  • Increase the allowance for other sources of mortality to the stock caused by fishing from 80 to 103 tonnes

Deemed value rates for multiple stocks

Bluenose (BNS 7)


  • Interim deemed values have been increased for BNS 7, CDL 5, JMA 7, and SWA 4.
  • Annual deemed values have been increased for BNS 7 and JMA 7
  • Annual deemed values have been reduced for CDL 5, KIN 3, SWA 3 and SWA 4
  • The deemed value rate differential has been changed from standard to special for JMA 7.
  • The deemed value rate differential schedule has been removed for RBY 5 and RBY 6

Black cardinalfish (CDL 5)

Jack Mackerel (JMA 7)

Kingfish (KIN 3)

Rubyfish (RBY 5,  RBY 6)

Silver warehou (SWA 3 and SWA 4)

About the consultation

Fisheries New Zealand sought feedback on proposed changes to the sustainability measures and other management controls for selected fishstocks.

The consultation ran from 18 June until 26 July 2019.

Consultation documents

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

What was 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 ensures the sustainable use 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.

For more details, refer to the consultation documents.

Submissions are public information

Submissions made become 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 any submissions you have made. 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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