Review of sustainability measures for 1 April 2020

Closing Date:
Contact: Sustainability review 2020

UPDATE – January 2020

Since the rock lobster consultation document was released on 13 December 2019, we have corrected the Total Allowable Catch figure for CRA4 – Option 4.2. It was incorrectly shown as 552.4 tonnes and should be 569.4 tonnes. We've updated the consultation document with the correct figure.

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback from tangata whenua and stakeholders on proposed changes to the sustainability measures for a number of selected fish stocks, including:

  • 5 rock lobster (crayfish) stocks
  • 1 scallop stock
  • 6 finfish stocks (2 rubyfish, 2 trumpeter, 1 white warehou, and 1 yellow-eyed mullet stock)
  • deemed value rate changes for a large number of stocks.

The consultation will run from 13 December 2019 until 5 February 2020.

About 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 

Consultation documents

  1. Review of rock lobster sustainability measures for 2020/21 [PDF, 2.1 MB]

  2. Review of sustainability measures for Northland scallops (SCA 1) for 2020/21 [PDF, 764 KB]

  3. Review of sustainability measures for selected stocks with a zero tonne TACC [PDF, 960 KB]

  4. Review of deemed value rates for selected stocks [PDF, 830 KB]

  5. Legal overview of sustainability measures [PDF, 574 KB]

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

Summary table of the proposals

Species

Area

Change

Rationale

Rock lobster

Northland

(CRA 1)

Decreases to the total allowable catch, the commercial catch limit, the recreational allowance, and the other mortality allowance are proposed based on a new stock assessment for CRA 1.

Gisborne

(CRA 3)

Decreases to the total allowable catch, the commercial catch limit, the recreational allowance, and the other mortality allowance are proposed based on a new stock assessment for CRA 3.

Wellington/ Hawke’s Bay

(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.

Otago

(CRA 7)

Increases to the total allowable catch and the commercial catch limit are proposed based on the operation of the agreed management procedure for CRA 7.

Southland

(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.

Scallops

Northland

(SCA 1)

Decrease proposed to better reflect the current state of the fishery and address a potential sustainability risk.

Rubyfish

Southland

(RBY 5)

This group of fish stocks currently has commercial catch limits of zero tonnes.

 

Nominal TACCs of between 1 to 2 tonnes are proposed, based on catch history and other relevant information.

 

All 6 fish stocks have an October fishing year, and any decisions will come into effect on 1 October 2020.

Sub-Antarctic

(RBY 6)

Trumpeter

Sub-Antarctic

(TRU 6)

North west

North Island

(TRU 9)

White warehou

North west

North Island

(WWA 9)

Yellow-eyed mullet

Southland

(YEM 5)

Deemed value rate reviews

The interim deemed value rates of a large number of stocks (454), managed under both April and October fishing years, are proposed for review. The full list of stocks for review is given in the deemed value consultation document.

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the proposed changes by 5pm on 5 February 2020.

For your convenience, you can download a submission form in Word or PDF. You are not required to use these forms.

Submission form (Word) [DOCX, 77 KB]

Submission form (PDF) [PDF, 137 KB]

Email all submissions to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

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

Sustainability Review 2020
Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
P O Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

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

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. 

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 a primary adviser to previous ministers on catch limit, regulatory, and other management actions that apply specifically to rock lobster fisheries.

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, NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council, and Fisheries New Zealand.

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