Proposed review of the CRA2 rock lobster fishery

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Contact: Inshore fisheries management

UPDATE – 18 December 2019

Any changes to the CRA2 (Hauraki Gulf/Bay of Plenty) rock lobster fishing regulations will likely come into effect in April 2020. A full announcement of any regulation changes for rock lobster is expected in late February.

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand consulted on 2 measures proposed by the National Rock Lobster Management Group for recreational fishers in the CRA2 (Hauraki Gulf/Bay of Plenty) rock lobster fishery.

  1. A reduction to the recreational daily bag limit from 6 to 3 spiny rock lobsters to help ensure recreational catch does not exceed the new 34-tonne recreational allowance.
  2. The introduction of recreational telson (tail fan) clipping for spiny rock lobster to assist with minimising illegal take.

These measures follow on from significant reductions to the commercial and recreational catch allowances from 1 April this year to support a rebuild of this very important shared fishery.

We sought your feedback on the proposals, which were detailed in the consultation document. The consultation ran from 7 November to 19 December 2018.

 Map of the CRA2 fishery [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Consultation document

Proposed recreational measures for the CRA 2 rock lobster fishery [PDF, 1.4 MB]

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