What are the benefits of having multi-species commercial fishing permits?

June 26, 2020 Having multi-species commercial fishing permits in mixed finfish fisheries addresses the failings associated with single species management. Multi-species permits represent a more holistic way to manage life within the marine environment.  The benefits of multi-species permits include the following –  Removes target and bycatch categories. Catch is catch and ALL catch will be landed.  Moves […]

What conditions will apply to commercial fishing permits?

June 26, 2020 Under Rescue Fish commercial fishing permits will be issued for a fixed term. Permits will limit the quantity of fish that can be landed, the amount of effort that can be applied, and the area where fishing can occur. Permits will be allocated by competitive tender, the tender price will represent a resource rental payment […]

Why does Rescue Fish promote fixed term commercial fishing permits?

June 26, 2020 Under Rescue Fish commercial fishing permits will have a fixed term of no longer than 5 to 8 years.  Fixed term commercial fishing permits provide the following benefits –  Removes the barriers to entry, encouraging people especially younger people into fishing, and creating jobs in associated industries.  Restores competition for fish and fish products.  Prevents […]

Under Rescue Fish how long will a commercial fishing permit last?

June 26, 2020 Under Rescue Fish commercial fishing permits will have a fixed term of no longer than 5 to 8 years.  The permit can only be used by the permit holder. This means the person fishing must hold the permit as there will be no absentee ownership. There will be no private sales of permits or any […]

Does Rescue Fish support taking an ecosystem-based management (EBM) approach?

June 26, 2020 Yes. Rescue Fish advocates immediately moving to an Ecosystem-based Management (EBM) approach to governance. In terms of management, removing mobile bottom contact fishing methods that destroy the seabed and its organisms will be a giant step forward in terms of EBM.  However, in any EBM proposal it is important to start with a definition of […]

How much fish do recreational marine fishers catch?

June 21, 2020 The latest National Panel Survey to estimate recreational catch found that New Zealanders land around 10,000 tonnes of fish per annum. This survey was conducted nationwide by Fisheries New Zealand between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018. The previous Survey was conducted in 2011-12. Excluding aquaculture, the Fisheries New Zealand research reveals that annual […]

Why do you say that Māori only own around 10.7% of the total quota share value when they actually own more than 40% of all quota?

May 29, 2020 Independent analysis by the NZ Institute of Economic Research shows that on the information available Māori own around 40% of quota shares (by volume) but only 10.7% of the total quota share value. This is a conservative estimate of iwi ownership and value because not all the relevant details are available; that is understandable given […]

Can a restaurant cook a fish caught by a recreational angler?

August 23, 2018 Yes. The Ministry for Primary Industries advises a restaurant can accept fish caught by a recreational fisher, then cook and serve that fish to the successful angler, with conditions. The restaurant can charge for cooking that fish. If the process takes time ie. smoking the fish, the angler must leave his details with the restaurant, […]

How can recreational fishers reduce waste?

August 23, 2018 The simple answer to reducing waste when recreational fishing is to kill fewer small fish or, best of all, avoid catching them in the first place. Killing small fish keeps the stock size low. Recreational anglers need to reduce waste by killing fewer small fish and avoiding gut hooking – this is a priority as […]

How much fish do we kill when we go fishing?

August 23, 2018 There are several reports that estimate the amount of fish killed in the process of fishing. Mortality rates depend on the method used. Bulk harvesting methods such as trawling and Danish seines have the biggest impact. The mortality rate of undersized snapper caught and discarded by trawlers is over 90%. This could equate to as […]