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RESEARCH

 

RESEARCH is an important aspect of fisheries and environmental management as the decisions made in the research realm influence decision-makers.

Your contribution to LegaSea is targeted at ensuring relevant and credible research is undertaken on issues that will enhance our fishing interests. LegaSea contributors support the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation - a proven and reliable performer.

While there are insufficient funds to cover all aspects of research, priorities have been set to ensure that available funds are directed towards areas that will have the most impact, or are of ongoing interest to LegaSea supporters, New Zealand Sport Fishing Council members and the public.

Much of the research is commissioned and/or monitored by New Zealand Sport Fishing Council. The outcomes, reports and available documents have been summarised by Council's Fisheries Management Committee so we can understand what it means for our fishing future. Where required, links have been provided to the documents available on the NZ Sport Fishing Council website.

 

Reporting constraints

Ministry for Primary Industries staff, industry representatives and research providers attend most Working Group meetings depending on the nature of research being discussed. The NZ Sport Fishing Council attendees are not permitted to publicly report on most of these meetings due to the Ministry's Terms of Reference prohibiting dissemination of draft research results and discussions.

Below is a chronological record of relevant RESEARCH events, documents or news. If a report or related document is available it can be downloaded at the link provided. Latest event or report is at the top.

If a report or related document is available click on the live right hand image to read more.

2015

 

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 20 November 2015

A review of kahawai catch at age project design, project is expected to run over the summer of 2016-17. Review of more work on the Trevally 1 stock assessment, no useful index found. Project to determine estuary of origin of grey mullet was not successful. One New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

northern inshore fisheries working group meeting

Highly Migratory Species WG meeting 19 November 2015

A review of progress on a new technique to investigate movements and diet of HMS stocks. There could be an opportunity for public fishers to assist in collecting samples. The ongoing monitoring of juvenile albacore catch in the NZ troll fishery was also discussed. Two New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

highly migratory species working group meeting

Highly Migratory Species WG meeting 11 November 2015

A review of data collected on HMS stocks, from gamefish tagging project and the billfish logbook programme. Updated working group reports on 12 HMS stocks were reviewed and some of the recent stock assessment results were discusssed. Two New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

highly migratory species working group meeting

OIA snapper information request. 30 October 2015

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council submit two Official Information Act requests: 1. data collected and amounts reported of undersized snapper returned to the sea in Area 1, northeast coast; 2. data on fish losses from commercial vessels fishing on the north east and west coasts. OIA deadline 27 November 2015. MPI provided fish loss data on 27 November, but extended the undersized snapper data deadline until 21 December 2015.

OIA request snapper undersized captures and loss reports

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 17 September 2015

A review of how some stock assessments will be presented in the annual Plenary reports for Bluenose (nationally), Kahawai 1 (northeast coast, North Island), and Snapper 7 (top of the South Island). Recommendations on the status of stocks were also discussed. Two New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

northern inshore fisheries working group meeting

CRA5 management workshop. 24 August 2015

Multi-sector meeting in Blenheim to discuss the future management of CRA5, top of the South Island and east coast down to Otago. High interest from all sectors. Paua Industry observers attended. Abundance is okay in some areas of CRA5, other areas are in decline. All sectors aspire to having a healthy and abundant cray fishery. One New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended this meeting.

CRA5 management workshop

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 18 August 2015

Interest in this meeting from MPI managers was high. Several projects underway were discussed. Design of the survey to estimate the recreational rock lobster harvest in CRA3 (Gisborne) was also discussed. One New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

marine amateur fisheries working group meeting

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 27 July 2015

Progress reports on several projects that are nearing completion. Discussed design of the next National Panel Survey to estimate recreational harvest. One New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

marine amateur fisheries working group meeting

Yellowtail Kingfish Monitoring Report June 2015

Yellowtail kingfish are one of the premier sports fish in New Zealand. The number of recreational fishers targeting yellowtail has increased in the last five years. While many of the fish caught are released, the large size of the fish kept means that total harvest is significant.

bay of islands kingfish report

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 28 May 2015

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Four research projects discussed, several still in the planning phase. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Highly Migratory Species Fisheries Plan meeting 8 May 2015

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fisheries Plan Annual Review meeting in Auckland. Brief summary of season from stakeholders. Recreational - average season for striped marlin, encouraging reappearance of yellowfin tuna. Commercial - Poor season and prices for skipjack and albacore tuna. Review of HMS Fisheries Plan will occur after the review of Fisheries 2030 later in 2015.

Inshore Working Group meeting 29 April 2015

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. This meeting reviewed how the stock assessments will be presented in the Plenary Reports for all Bluenose stocks, Kahawai 1 (NE coast) and Snapper 7 (top of South Is). Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 23 April 2015

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Ongoing review of the preliminary results for the Kahawai 1 and Trevally 1 stock assessments. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 1 April 2015

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Group review of the preliminary results for the Kahawai 1 and Trevally 1 stock assessments. Also, preview of the Snapper 1 productivity test models developed for the SNA1 Strategy Group meeting discussions. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 19 March 2015

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 5 March 2015

Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting held on 5 March 2015. No New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended this meeting.

Yellowtail Kingfish Newsletter February 2015

Blue Water Marine Research report it has been a good summer for kingfish catches. Areas like White Island are still producing some of the larger older fish to be found in New Zealand waters. This is a testament to the conservation efforts and good handling practices aboard many of the charter and private boats that fish these areas. Well done everyone!

yellowtail kingfish newsletter

Inshore Working Group meeting 28 January 2015

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Review of the options and relative costs of the proposed Snapper 1 tagging project. Results of the project will give a fishery independent estimate of the snapper stock size and more information on the mixing between the Bay of Plenty and Hauraki Gulf sub-stocks. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

2014

Inshore Working Group meeting 11 December 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Results of the Snapper 1 tagging project design evaluation were discussed. More work is required. Another meeting is scheduled for early 2015. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 20 November 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Review of stock assessments for northern stocks, Kahawai 1, Trevally 1 and 7. Evaluation of snapper tagging project design. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Highly Migratory Species Fish Plan meeting 13 November 2014

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Highly Migratory Species Fish Plan meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Summary of national recreational harvest survey 2011-12. November 2014

This is a one-page summary of the 145-page survey report below. The top 3 most popular species caught by recreational fishers were snapper, kahawai and blue cod. Next most popular, by number, were gurnard, tarakihi, trevally, sea perch, flounder and other flat fish. By weight kingfish were the 3rd most popular species landed in 2011-12.

summary of recreational catch survey

National recreational harvest survey 2011-12. November 2014

Over 7000 marine fishers contributed their catch reports to this national survey from October 2011 to September 2012. Snapper accounted for nearly 27% of all finfish harvested, by number. KIna, scallops and mussels were also very popular.

recreational catch survey

Snapper Mortality Draft 1994 Working Group reports. 31 October 2014

After numerous requests and several Official Information Act applications the Ministry for Primary Industries has released a draft of several 1994 Working Group reports discussing juvenile snapper mortality caused by trawling, and high grading by longliners in the Hauraki Gulf. It is not what we were expecting. It is unclear if some details have been withheld or if there are other reports that need to be uncovered. Work is ongoing. [File size: 4.4MB]

draft snapper mortality report 1994

Highly Migratory Species WG meeting 21 October 2014

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Highly Migratory Species Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Updates are underway on Working Group reports for six major tuna species caught in NZ: albacore, bigeye, Pacific bluefin, skipjack, Southern Bluefin and skipjack tuna. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 17 September 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the two-day Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Progress reports were presented on the stock assessments for northern stocks, Kahawai 1, Trevally 1 and 7. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 4 September 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

MPI Pelagic update. July 2014

An update from the Ministry for Primary Industries on the management and research for Highly Migratory Species. This update covers regional management of HMS species, shark tagging, seabirds, the HMS management plan and Longline Code of Practice.

Bay of Islands Kingfish Monitoring Report June 2014

Weather was marginal during the 2014 Bay of Islands Swordfish Club's International Yellowtail Tournament. The kingfish landed tended to be smaller than in recent years, most likely due to the limited fishing area available due to the weather. The smaller fish could also indicate another strong year class emerging....

bay of islands kingfish report

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 16 June 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Highly Migratory Species Fish Plan meeting 10 June 2014

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Highly Migratory Species Fish Plan meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 29-30 May 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the two-day Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 16 April 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Snapper 1 Working Group meeting 15 April 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Snapper 1 Working Group meeting in Wellington. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 10 April 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 17 March 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Snapper 1 Working Group meeting 12 March 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Wellington. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 5 February 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

2013

Inshore Working Group meeting 12 December 2013

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Results presented from four research projects. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Highly Migratory Species Fish Plan meeting 19 November 2013

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Highly Migratory Species Fish Plan meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine ecosystems acoustics seminar. 6 November 2013

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council represented at the Marine ecosystems acoustics seminar held in Wellington, video link to Auckland. Most discussion focused on offshore environments rather than inshore.

International Billfish Conference. Taipei 4-8 November 2013

5th International Billfish Symposium. Taiwan. Blue Water Marine Research participated in the conference and presented the early results from the marlin identification project led by Clive Roberts and Lara Shepherd from Te Papa. Report available on the NZSFC website.

Highly Migratory Species WG meeting 22 October 2013

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Highly Migratory Species Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Presentations on tracking movements of HMS in the South Pacific, management of data from the gamefish tag recapture programme, and stock monitoring of striped marlin. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 17 September 2013

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Wellington. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 10 September 2013

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Wellington. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

NZ Marine Sciences Society Conference. August 2013

Two day conference of the New Zealand Marine Science Society. Blue Water Marine Research participated in the conference held in Hamilton.

Bay of Islands Kingfish Monitoring Report June 2013

This report provides updated information on kingfish caught in the 2013 Bay of Islands Swordfish Club's International Yellowtail Tournament. In 2010 just 14% of fish landed in the contest were 110cm or more. This year, 32% were this size or larger. This is very good news!

bay of islands kingfish report

Inshore Working Group meeting 24 January 2013

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting. All meetings between January and May 2013 will be focused on finalising the stock assessment for Snapper 1. This is the largest inshore fishery of importance to recreational interests and spans the area between North Cape and Cape Runaway, East Coast. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

2012

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 5 December 2012

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Discussion focused on results from the large-scale national multi-species recreational harvest survey. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

HMS Fisheries Plan meeting 20 November 2012

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Highly Migratory Species Fisheries Plan meeting to discuss the Annual Review Report. Report includes fishing summaries: Commercial - continued decline in Yellowfin catch, increased catch of Southern bluefin tuna. Big eye tuna, Skipjact & Albacore catch declining; Recreational - poor season due to poor weather, marlin catch 33% below 10-year mean. A record 49 Swordfish tagged. No Yellowfin tagged. Kingfish tagging down 25% on 10-year mean.

Inshore Working Group meeting 15 November 2012

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Wellington. Further discussion about the interim results of the recently completed recreational harvest surveys. Final results of all projects will be available in May 2013. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Rock Lobster meeting 15 November 2012

Two New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representatives attended a National Rock Lobster Management Group meeting in Wellington. The NRLMG is a statutory body managing the science process and providing management advice to the Minister. NZSFC representatives were granted 'observer status' and permitted to ask questions at this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

WCPFC Briefing 12 November 2012

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended & contributed to the briefing on the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) management proposals for pelagic species, in particular Southern bluefin tuna.

wcpfc

Inshore Working Group meeting 18 October 2012

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. There was ongoing discussion about the interim results of the recently completed recreational harvest surveys. Final results of all projects will be available in May 2013. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 10 October 2012

Two New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representatives attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Discussed results from 3 overlapping surveys of Area 1 recreational harvest for a 7-month period. Final results of all projects expected to be available in May 2013. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

northland rocks

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 3 October 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Discussed interim results of FMA1 recreational harvest overflight & boat ramp surveys. More work to do to finalise all reports by May 2013. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

WCPFC Briefing 12 September 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended & contributed to the briefing of the New Zealand delegation to major tuna meetings of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

wcpfc

Yellowfin Tuna Fisheries in NZ & Pacific - Summary report September 2012

A summary report by the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation describing the trends in Yellowfin tuna catch in NZ waters & in the Southwest Pacific. Includes interesting graphs demonstrating dramatic declines in NZ captures, this & more available here......

Recreational Fishing Conference, Australia 18-19 August 2012

Two Blue Water Marine Research personnel attend a RecFish Conference in Queensland, Australia. Discussion on recreational rights, access, management & policy. Meeting report to the NZ Sport Fishing Council available here......

recfish conference queensland

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 15 August 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

A recreational view of the Hauraki Gulf August 2012

Around 200 people attended the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminar and heard presentations from both John Holdsworth & Scott Macindoe on recreational fishing in the Gulf and how the fish stocks can be restored to abundance. Read more.....

hauraki gulf

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 9 August 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Minister's decisions for managing Bluenose stocks released, all follow MPI advice & are contrary to NZSFC advice. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Yellowtail Kingfish Monitoring Report July 2012

A report on the ongoing monitoring of kingfish length data to monitor kingfish in Northland, specifically to collect lengths of kingfish caught in the 2012 Bay of Islands Swordfish Club Yellowtail tournament. Read more....

kingfish report

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 25 July 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Highly Migratory Species WG meeting 28 June 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Highly Migratory Species Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Highly Migratory Species WG meeting 11 June 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Highly Migratory Species Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Discussed catch limits for sharks & albacore. Earlier recommendation made to support tougher restrictions on shark finning at sea & to consider a response to an industry proposal for commercial fishers to keep dead marlin. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Highly Migratory Species Fisheries Plan meeting 30 May 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Highly Migratory Species Fisheries Plan meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Progress report on issues 2011-12 & discussion on the Annual Operating Plan for 2012-13. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

northland rocks

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 23 May 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting received a progress report on the large scale multi-species recreational harvest survey. Preliminary results suggest survey is going well. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Yellowfin Tuna Fisheries in NZ & Pacific - Full report May 2012

This comprehensive report by the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation describes & explains the trends in Yellowfin tuna catch in NZ waters. Interesting reading here........

tuna report

Plenary meetings 1-2 May 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended two days of Plenary meetings in Wellington. Most input went into the Tarakihi Plenary report and in updating the Snapper 1 stock assesment model in the Snapper Plenary report. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 30 April 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Further discussion on the initial results of the Snapper 1 stock assessment model. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

northland rocks

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 17 April 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Presentation of the Snapper 1 stock assessment model and initial results discussed. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Highly Migratory Species WG meeting 16 April 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Working Group meeting in Wellington. An updated analysis of kahawai & trevally sighting rates from commercial spotter planes was provided prior to HMS WG meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 11 April 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Further discussion on the preliminary Snapper 1 stock assessment. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

legasea stepping on the gas

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 29 March 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 21 March 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Discussion focused on the Snapper 1 stock assessment. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 9 March 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Progress reports provided on the large scale multi-species recreational harvest & boat ramps surveys underway. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

legasea stepping on the gas

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 6 March 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Highly Migratory Species WG meeting 15 February 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

LegaSea launched in Auckland February 2012

LegaSea was officially launched in Auckland on 9th February. LegaSea provides a means for us, the public, to stand up for our future fishing interests. We can do this by contributing to LegaSea & funding ADVOCACY, RESEARCH, EDUCATION & working TOGETHER initiatives. Read more.......

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