Recent fisheries management decisions
Minister Nathan Guy has released a number of fishery review decisions including crayfish, scallops and surf clams.
We welcome a 15% decrease to commercial catch limits of crayfish in the Wellington/Hawkes Bay area (CRA 4). This decrease is greater than what was initially suggested.
Unfortunately the Minister’s decision on surf clams was not so positive. Total allowable commercial catch (TACC) limits increased substantially for four species of clams in the Nelson and West coast area (FMA 7) ranging from 94 to 700%! LegaSea asked for no increases until a management and research plan was developed to better ascertain the stocks and ecology.
Despite the risks, the commercial catch limit for Coromandel scallops was increased in 2013 after a new bed of scallops was discovered in the Hauraki Gulf. Less than 3 years later that bed has disappeared and the Minister has halved the TACC.
Read the Minister’s full decisions and LegaSea’s submissions.