Review of sustainability measures for 1 April 2019

Closing Date:
Contact: Sustainability review 2019

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the sustainability measures for:

  • 3 rock lobster stocks
  • one sea cucumber stock.

The consultation will run from 18 December 2018 until 12 February 2019.

How we developed the proposals

Every year we review catch limits for selected stocks. 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
  • using the best available information, including the latest scientific information on the status of the stocks
  • with tangata whenua and stakeholder input.

The rock lobster proposals were guided by recommendations from the National Rock Lobster Management Group.

Find out about the group, its role, and members

Summary of proposed changes

A summary of proposals is in this table. Full details are in the consultation documents

Area

Change

Proposal summary

Gisborne rock lobster
(CRA 3)

Decreases to the total allowable catch and the commercial catch limit are proposed based on the operation of the agreed management procedure for CRA 3.

Wellington/Hawkes Bay rock lobster
(CRA 4)

Increases to the total allowable catch and the commercial catch limit are proposed based on the operation of the agreed management procedure for CRA 4. A decrease is proposed to the other mortality allowance, to better reflect the estimate used in the stock assessment.

Southern rock lobster
(CRA 8)

Increases to the total allowable catch and the commercial catch limit are proposed based on the operation of the agreed management procedure for CRA 8.

Marlborough sea cucumber
(SCC 7A)

Increase proposed. Best available information suggests an abundance that will support increased utilisation.

Consultation documents

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

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the proposed changes by 5pm on 12 February 2019.

Use our submissions form (template) to help you give feedback. Note, you don't have to use a template.

Email your completed form or feedback to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

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

Sustainability Review 2019
Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
P O Box 2526
Wellington 61401.

What to include

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).

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information and may be published. 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 Fisheries New Zealand makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

The National Rock Lobster Management Group

The National Rock Lobster Management Group is a national-level, multi-stakeholder group comprising representatives of the customary, recreational and commercial fishing sectors, and Fisheries New Zealand. Since its formation in 1992, the National Rock Lobster Management Group has acted as an advisor to previous Ministers on catch limit, regulatory and other management actions that apply specifically to rock lobster fisheries. The National Rock Lobster Management Group is the longest standing collaborative multi-stakeholder group in New Zealand.

The National Rock Lobster Management Group has an independent chair, and Fisheries New Zealand supports the group by providing the secretariat as well as scientific and fisheries management advice.

Current members of the National Rock Lobster Management Group are representatives of: Te Waka a Māui Fisheries Forum, Te Ohu Kaimoana, NZ Recreational Fishing Council, the NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council, and Fisheries New Zealand.

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