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Articles / 20 March 2014

Minister keeps crayfish at all-time lows

For young and old crayfish are a taonga, a treasure, so recent Ministerial decisions to keep some stocks at all-time lows to meet export orders is abysmal. Nathan Guy announced his decisions for the future management of crayfish on March 20th and these will apply from April 1st. Crayfish can retail up to $150 per…

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Articles / 10 March 2014

Crayfish and snapper update

In last months column we talked about changes to crayfish coming our way. In early December 13 the Ministry for Primary Industries advised us of potential management changes in CRA2 (Bay of Plenty and Hauraki Gulf) and CRA9 (West Coast). Consultation documents were due out before Christmas. Quota increases were likely to be proposed in…

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Articles / 3 March 2014

Snapper debate just the beginning

This is the time of year that many fishers dream of, warm water, fish on the bite and competitions galore. Whatever you fishing fancy, there is an event that caters to your taste. A really pleasing aspect is the number of events that are donating the proceeds to LegaSea. Every cent counts and is spent…

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Articles / 1 February 2014

Crayfish – anyone smell a rat?

In December the Ministry released proposals for management of crayfish in area 2 that runs from Waipu in the north to Waihi, Bay of Plenty. It’s an important fishery yet is the worst performing of the crayfish fisheries. I’m sure many of you have experienced first hand the effects of struggling stocks. Apart from the…

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Articles / 20 January 2014

Reflection on 2013

I’d like to reflect on some of the major positives for fisheries to come out of 2013. Groups with a common cause worked hard to strive for a better future, with dedicated support from people like you. Let’s start with tuna. Greenpeace had been fighting corporates for two years to stop FAD fishing for yellow…

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