Southern bluefin tuna
In November 2010 the Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) released a discussion document proposing an in-season increase in the southern bluefin tuna (SBT) commercial catch allocation and the recreational allowance.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council (NZSFC) urged MFish to provide advice to the Minister that is consistent with the precautionary principles of the Fisheries Act 1996.
NZSFC do not believe the Ministy ought to be considering short-term increases to the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for southern bluefin tuna when the scientific advice is that the spawning stock is critically low and continuing to decline.
The NZSFC will continue to remind MFish and the Minister of the cynical nature of the decision, released in February 2011, to increase catch when they know more cuts are needed in the years to come.