Marlborough Sounds Blue cod
Changes for the future management of Marlborough Sounds blue cod have been announced.
Many of the new measures align with our joint submission made in June 2015.
The controversial 'slot rule' that saw thousands of dead and dying fish returned to the sea has been abandoned in favour of a new recreational minimum legal size of 33cm.
The seasonal closure from 1st September to 19th December now applies to commercial and recreational fishers.
Overall there are positive outcomes from this review process. Clearly there is more work to be done.
LegaSea is concerned the 70 tonne commercial catch limit remains intact while recreational fishers continue to bear the brunt of management changes.
Given the importance of blue cod in this region we believe the Minister must start making more balanced decisions for the sake of the fishery and local interests.
Summary of new rules
The Ministry for Primary Industries has issued a summary table outlining the new rules applying to blue cod fishing in the Marlborough Sounds and Challenger East areas.
These new rules will apply from 20 December 2015, when the fishery re-opens for the new season.
|Challenger (East) area (grey) and the Marlborough Sounds Blue cod management area (white).|
In March and April 2015 several groups combined efforts to develop recommendations for the future management of Blue cod in the Marlborough Sounds and top of the South Island. Those groups included the:
These groups then worked together to find an agreed response to the management proposals.
Joint submission - June 2015
A submission and recommendations for the future management of Marlborough Sounds blue cod was made to MPI on 30 June 2015.
This submission was a joint effort by the above groups representing more than 50,000 affiliated members. We submitted for consistent rules to apply across the top of the South Island, and both the transit rule and the slot rule needed to be abolished.
We also submitted the Marlborough Sounds blue cod stock needs rebuilding, and it was very important that MPI had public support for any new management measures.
LegaSea supported the submission and recommendations because:
While the Association is based in Blenheim it promotes the social, economical and cultural wellbeings of local, regional and other visitors who have an interest in the ongoing management of the fisheries at the top of the South Island.
CCCW member clubs and organisations, with a combined affiliated membership of over 20,000 people, include:
New Zealand Angling and Casting Association
|MPI summary of new rules Oct 2015|
|Joint recreational submission June 2015|
|Process documents and summaries June 2015|
|Ministry consultation paper June 2015|
|Summary of this review process April 2015|
|Background info - MS Blue cod Group Mar 2015|
|MS Blue cod management 2007-2011|
|MS Blue cod rules under scrutiny - TV3|
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