Fisheries Management

What is the ‘international standard’ for managing a fish stock?

May 22, 2020 The international standard for fish stock management is supporting it at a level equivalent to a minimum of 50% of the unfished biomass. Biomass is the combined weight and number of fish in a stock. Unfished biomass is the stock’s estimated natural size. Achieving the standard of 50% of unfished biomass requires managing a stock […]

How much fish does the commercial sector take each year?

May 22, 2020 Commercial fishers land around 400,000 tonnes of fish per annum. In the fishing year from October 1st 2017 to 31st September 2018 commercial fishers landed just over 405,000 tonnes of fish.

How much fish do Maori customary fishers take each year ?

May 22, 2020 The total amount of fish harvested by Māori customary fishers is unknown. The Minister of Fisheries has a legal obligation to make provision for Māori customary catch and traditional practices. The total amount of fish set aside to enable Māori fishers to fulfil their customary needs is around 4000 tonnes per annum, nationwide.

How much fish do recreational fishers take each year?

May 22, 2020 Recreational fishers harvest around 10,000 tonnes of finfish and shellfish nationwide every year. In shared fisheries targeted by commercial and non-commercial fishers, recreational harvest is estimated to be around 19% of all catch. Shared fisheries tend to be inshore species that more accessible to the public.

How much money does MPI spend on fisheries management?

May 22, 2020 According to the Ministry for Primary Industry (MPI) Annual Report 2017/18, in the 2017/18 year the Government budgeted to spend $54 million on fisheries management and advice. It also budgeted spending $40 million on enforcement and monitoring. The government budgeted receiving $31 million in cost recoveries from commercial interests in the 2017/18 year. If half […]

Is the Government legally obliged to ensure there are enough fish for the people?

May 21, 2020 Yes. Under section 8 of the Fisheries Act the Minister of Fisheries has a legal obligation to ensure fish stocks are sufficiently maintained so people can provide for their social, economic and cultural well-being from fishing. That is, to manage fish stocks so Māori customary and recreational fishing interests are provided for, that environmental interests […]

What is a sustainable fishery?

May 21, 2020 A fishery managed at 50% of its assumed natural size is considered to be a sustainable fish stock. The 50% level is international best practice. The Rescue Fish policy is based on rebuilding depleted fisheries to 50% because when a fish stock is at that level it can provide for economical harvest whilst ensuring productivity […]

How many fish stocks have a scientific assessment?

May 21, 2020 169 fish stocks or sub-stocks in the Quota Management System have a scientific assessment. For assessment purposes there are 685 fish stocks or sub-stocks included in the QMS. (A fish stock can be divided into two or more sub-stocks if it is large or if there are differences between areas.) 297 of the 685 stocks […]