If you were one of the people who completed last year’s survey, THANKS. Your response provided a valuable insight into the state of our fisheries and our collective feedback was passed on to the Minister and decision makers. Precautionary management is not just about how many crayfish we catch, it is considering the important role all marine species play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
Currently the crayfish stock between Te Arai Point, the Hauraki Gulf, and Bay of Plenty to East Cape (CRA 2) is at an all-time low and urgent action is required to restore abundance.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on several options for the future management of CRA 2.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council (NZSFC) and LegaSea will respond by the 9 February MPI submission deadline.
Your feedback to use in our submission is required by 7 February. Later responses will help inform our response to MPI proposals for regulation changes later in 2018.
Now is the time for us to highlight the failure of the current approach and to promote a solution to restore abundance and diversity in the CRA 2 marine environment. We need your input.
Please complete the survey it will only take several minutes, depending on your answers.
You can make a difference just by making your voice heard.
Even if you don’t target crayfish we would like your views.
It will take a long time to rebuild the crayfish population in CRA 2 because the number of young cray reaching legal size (recruitment) has been low in recent years. The management options show reductions in commercial catch and the recreational allowance, and the estimated time take to reach the first step in the rebuild.
The most recent harvest surveys estimate that 40 tonnes (plus or minus 10 t) is taken by recreational fishers per year.
The full CRA 2 discussion document is available here.