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Flounder 1


Flatfish 1 (FLA1) Flounder

East & West Coast North Island

2005

The Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) advised stakeholders that they were reviewing catch limits for Flatfish (FLA1) in response to expressions of concern from coastal communities about sustainability and local depletion of stocks in various harbours on the west coast of the North Island.

An Initial Position Paper (IPP) was issued to stakeholders on 30 June 2005. MFish invited stakeholders to provide comments on the consultation document.

Original deadline for comments was 29th July 2005. MFish extended the deadline to 10th August.

Mullet and Flounder

The allocation model for the flatfish (flounder) fishery demonstrates the lunacy of previous allocation decisions. In the flounder fishery the commercial sector have been allocated so much quota that they have been unable to catch it in any single year since the introduction of the Quota Management System in 1986.

The mullet allocations for commercial fishers are equivalently high. Concerns about the sustainability of both fisheries have been raised in the Ministry's papers this year.

MFish has proposed to reduce the quotas on both species to the level that reflects current commercial catches in these fisheries. Commercial fishers will continue to take the same level of catch that has caused the sustainability problem in the first place.

This appears to contradict the Ministry's own advice that clearly says a reduction in actual catch is necessary. Obviously if commercial catches are not reduced these proposed cuts to quotas will have no effect on improving these fisheries.

Draft Submission

option4 was concerned about the limited time for consultation. A draft submission was posted online to allow people to give us their feedback. Alert #8 was sent out on August 2nd to alert people to the opportunity to have a say on the Ministry proposals. The feedback received was incorporated, where possible, into the final option4 submission. Full details below.

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FLA1
Ministers Decision

The Minister has decided "scientific information does not support a sustainability concern" in Flounder 1. A package of measures will be developed to address local concerns.

Full text in printable format here ......................................................» »

22 Nov 05

 

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No changes will be made to the annual Total Allowable Catches of flounder in the northern North Island region. Read why the Minister believes TAC cuts will not address localised depletion issues.

30 Sep 05

MFish Final Advice
MFish agree that concerns about localised depletion are valid and creates tension between fishing sectors. Despite this the Minister has decided not to reduce commercial quotas even though they have never been caught??

Sep 2005

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Executive Summary of Final Advice Paper - a quick read

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Submissions
option4 suggests a reduction in commercial catch limits for flounder and ways in which this important fishery can be managed better to improve access for non-commercial fishers.

10 Aug 05

Full text of IPP available in a PDF (180Kb) here...............................» »
Muriwai Sports Fishing Clubs submission to the Ministry of Fisheries on proposals for flounder 1, snapper 8 and grey mullet 1.

10 Aug 05

Letter from Muriwai SFC to MFish objecting to proportional allocation of fisheries depleted by commercial overfishing and mismanagement.

10 Aug 05

Ministry of Fisheries

MFish advise the deadline for submissions has been extended to the 10th August.

Full text of Letter available here .......................................................» »

25 Jul 05

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Initial Position Paper (IPP) from the Ministry of Fisheries on proposals for flounder on the east and west coast of the North Island.

Full text of IPP available here .......................................................» »

1 July 05

 

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Statutory Obligations section of the IPP - what the Minister has to take into account when considering changes to fisheries management.

Full text of the Statutory Obligations here .........................................» »

1 July 05

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Letter from MFish advising of the IPP for flatfish (flounder), grey mullet, snapper 8, elephant fish and rig.

1 July 05


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