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Scallops - Nelson/Marlborough

Management review 2014


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What's going on?

  1. Most of the scallops in Tasman Bay and Golden Bay have been dredged up or smothered in mud.
  2. Last year they closed Tasman Bay and Golden Bay and commercial fishers shifted their efforts to the Marlborough Sounds
  3. We must stop the overfishing and the damaging dredging of previously closed commercial areas in the Sounds that will impact long standing recreational fisheries.
  4. The stock as a whole is below 10% of the unfished biomass (the MPI hard limit) so, according to their own set of rules, the scallop fishery must be closed.
  5. If we don’t take action now, the fishing public will probably be faced with cuts to bag/size limits in the future despite not being the cause of the problem.

More info to come.

NZSFC / LegaSea Submission


Scallops - Coromandel

coromandel scallop area




More people have access to the Coromandel scallop fishery than any other scallop fishery in the country.

Its boundaries extend from Little Barrier on the northeast coast, to Motiti Island in the Bay of Plenty.

So people from the Auckland region, the Bay, Coromandel and Waikato all have an interest in having a healthy, abundant scallop fishery.

Just before Xmas 2012 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) released a proposal to increase the existing 22 tonne Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC), by either 295% or 454%, to 65 or 100 tonnes respectively.

These increases were based on the discovery of a new, significant scallop bed in deeper water of the Hauraki Gulf.

Both industry and the Ministry supported a TACC increase.

We objected to any increase until there is better information.

In March the Minister, Nathan Guy, agreed to increase the TACC from 22 to 100 tonnes. The allowances for non-commercial interests, recreational and customary, increased from 7.5 to 10 tonne each, but there is no change to individual daily bag limits.

The decision will apply from 1 April 2013.


Coromandel scallop submission

We have attached a copy of the Coromandel scallop submission made to MPI by the NZ Sport Fishing Council, our team of experienced fisheries management advocates.

In this February submission the NZ Sport Fishing Council cautioned against such a massive TACC increase, until there is better understanding of the amount of scallops available in the new Hauraki Gulf bed.


Want more?

To find out even more, visit the NZ Sport Fishing Council website and read all about the Coromandel scallop fishery.

future generations needs

Photo credit: Peta Kell

Providing for future needs

Maps show the scallops beds are becoming smaller and smaller.

Through LegaSea the NZ Sport Fishing Council will seek to raise publc awareness of the need for the Minister to take a more precautionary management approach.

This Coromandel scallop fishery must be abundant to enable us to provide for our social, economic and cultural wellbeing.

It must also be sustainable to meet the reasonably foreseeable needs of our future generations.

Your valued support

If you appreciate the value of this work we would welcome your contribution. It's an easy process that we hope you will follow in the interests of achieving the LegaSea Vision of 'more fish in the water for future generations'.

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Your input welcome

With LegaSea the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council is committed to developing similar quality submissions for other important stocks. As funds increase there will be more opportunities to focus on different fisheries. LegaSea contributors are welcome to suggest fisheries that need attention. You can email us with your suggestions.

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