Review of sustainability measures for southern blue whiting for 1 April 2020

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 for the southern blue whiting fish stock at the Bounty Platform (SBW 6B).

The consultation will run for 4 weeks from 8 January until 5 February 2020.

What's being proposed for SBW 6B?

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 the SBW 6B fish 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 stock
  • with tangata whenua and stakeholder input.

The agreed management approach for SBW 6B involves recommending catch limits based on the application of a harvest control (or decision) rule to the results from an annual abundance survey for the stock. This survey has not been undertaken for 2 years, and the best available information indicates the stock has not experienced strong recruitment in recent years.

On that basis, Fisheries New Zealand proposes reducing the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) to ensure the fishery remains sustainable.

Full details are in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

Southern blue whiting at the Bounty Platform (SBW 6B) [PDF, 742 KB]

Overview of legislative requirements and other considerations [PDF, 574 KB]

If you can't open the documents or would like printed copies, email

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. You are not required to use these forms.

Submission form in Word [DOCX, 77 KB]

Submission form in PDF [PDF, 137 KB]

Email your submission to

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

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 Fisheries New Zealand makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

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