Why not apply a ‘land-all catch’ policy to commercial fishing?

August 23, 2018 LegaSea believes the ‘land-all catch’ policy proposed by Fisheries New Zealand fails to achieve its primary purpose – that landed commercial catch will equate to what is actually caught at sea. This is a misdirected attempt at curbing the damage inflicted by inshore trawlers. Our latest submission on a land-all catch policy was made in […]

Why don’t we apply a ‘land-all catch’ policy to recreational fishing?

August 23, 2018 A land-all catch policy is variously promoted as a way of reducing recreational fishing activity and related mortality, assuming that once the bag limit is caught the person will stop fishing. There are good reasons why LegaSea does not support a land-all catch policy being applied to recreational fishing, including the following – People will […]

What commercial fishing restrictions apply in the Bay of Islands?

August 23, 2018 Specific restrictions on commercial fishing apply in many parts of the Bay of Islands. Some restrictions apply only to the southern areas of the Bay, others regulations apply to the whole inner Bay of Islands. A rahui, customary management area, applies in Maunganui Bay, around the sunken wreck the Canterbury and Deep Water Cove in […]

What about the charter boat reporting scheme?

August 23, 2018 In 2014 the Ministry for Primary Industries answered a range of questions relating to the charter boat reporting scheme. In this document they discuss what species must have their catch reported, why those species were chosen and what areas those reporting requirements apply to. We do not have an updated copy of questions and answers […]

Why is B40 promoted as a management target?

August 23, 2018 Prior to modern fishing fisheries were assumed to be at around 100% of virgin stock size. Industrial fishing reduced many inshore fish stocks to very low levels. A stock size of 40% of the unfished size (B40) is the contemporary estimate of the stock size that will produce the maximum sustainable yield (MSY). B40 is […]

How close inshore can purse seiners operate off the Whangarei coastline?

August 23, 2018 There is a small area at the north end of Bream Bay that prohibits purse seine nets. This area runs from Busby Head at the Whangarei Harbour entrance to about half way between Marsden Point and the Ruakaka River mouth. Trawl and Danish seine nets are excluded from a much larger area in the inner […]

Is commercial scallop dredging allowed inshore around the Coromandel?

June 14, 2018 Yes, commercial scallop dredging is allowed inshore around the Coromandel, but there are bans in some places. There are some closed areas on both the eastern and western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, and around the southern end of Great Barrier Island. There are closures in Opito Bay and Otama on the eastern Coromandel, but […]

What is the Crayfish 3 policy?

August 23, 2014 The Crayfish 3 policy is a document developed by the Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club and the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council in 2014. It is aimed at increasing the size and abundance of crayfish in the eastern region. The policy applies on the North Island’s southeast coast, from the area south of East Cape […]