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New Species


Introduction of New Species into the

QMS on 1st October 2005

2004 & 2005

 

In 2004 the Ministry of Fisheries advised that eight new species were being considered for introduction into the Quota Management System (QMS) on 1 October 2005. MFish issued a consultation document on the introduction of seaweeds into the QMS in April. A further consultation document was produced on 8 June 2004.

2005

The Minister decided that cockles, pipi, tuatua and non-QMS scallops and oysters will be introduced into the QMS on 1 October. Submissions closed on 24 May 2005. A joint submission from CORANZ and option4 was sent to the Ministry of Fisheries on 24 May. It is available for you to read, please use the links in the list below.

Ministers Decision

Mostly good news is the analysis of the Minister's decisions for the introduction of cockles, non-QMS dredge oysters, pipi, non-QMS scallops and tuatua. We objected to these species being introduced into the QMS as no resource assessment had been completed for any of these fish stocks. We also made recommendations for commercial catch limits if these stocks were introduced into the QMS.


Background

Section 19 of the Fisheries Act 1996 requires the Minister of Fisheries to consider several matters when making a decision as to whether or not a stock should be introduced into the QMS. These include the costs and benefits of QMS introduction, the Quota Management Areas that will apply, the proposed fishing year, whether to use greenweight or some other unit of measure and other matters that may be contemplated by the 1996 Act.

The June 2004 consultation document contained matters relevant to the Minister's decision and the Ministry's preliminary recommendations on whether the species or stocks should be introduced into the QMS. MFish invited stakeholders to provide comments on the consultation document.

Original deadline for comments was 16 July 2004. MFish granted option4 an extension to August. A submission was sent to the Ministry on 2 August 2004.

option4 strongly objected to the introduction of more shellfish species into the QMS. Our submission covers issues of poor information, the risk of over-allocation and the significance of shellfish as a sustenance species for recreational and customary fishing interests.

Documents

To achieve a good level of understanding of complex fisheries management scenarios we believe it is important to read the information in chronological order so you can follow the process.

The various documents have been broken up, reorganised or supplied in pdfs. This facilitates downloading as intact some of these documents are big and unwieldy.

 

Please note:
The 2005 documents are at the top of the list.

NEW SPECIES - 2005
Ministers Decision

The Minister has agreed with our submission for cockles, tuatua and non-QMS scallops. Pipi and non-QMS dredge oyster limits are different to our recommendations but this is mostly good news.

7 Sep 05

(25Kb)

PDF Here ...

MFish Final Advice Paper

The Ministry's advice to the Minister on what catch limits he should be setting for these new species entering the QMS. Thankfully he didn't take all of their advice.

(CAUTION: PDF is 1.3MB)

14 Jul 05

(1.3Mb)

PDF Here ...

Submissions

CORANZ and option4 joint submission objecting to the proposed introduction of cockles, non-QMS dredge oysters, pipi, non-QMS scallops and tuatua into the QMS.

24 May 05

(160Kb)

PDF Here ...

Ministry of Fisheries

An easy to follow summary of the new species being introduced into the QMS on 1 October 2005.

Apr 2005

(260Kb)

PDF Here ...

MFish - IPP Letter

Introductory letter from the Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) asking for submissions on the IPP which includes cockle, dredge oyster, pipi, scallop and tuatua.

31 Mar 05

 

More Info...

Initial Position Paper

Initial Position Paper (IPP) from MFish on the introduction of these new species into the Quota Management System. This sets out the Ministry's view on how the species should be managed within the QMS.

31 Mar 05

(650Kb)

Ministers Final Advice

The Minister issues his final decision confirming he will be introducing cockle, dredge oyster, pipi, scallops and tuatua into the QMS. IPP to follow.

Mar 2005

(160Kb)

Minister's Announcement
The Minister announces that five of the new species will be introduced into the QMS on 1 October. A decision regarding seaweed was deferred as was the introduction of albacore and skipjack tuna.

18 Feb 05

 

More Info...

NEW SPECIES - 2004
MFish Re-consultation

Please note: option4 did not re-submit to this process due to our resources

being devoted to other fisheries management processes.

New consultation document from the Ministry of Fisheries asking for submissions by 26 November 2004.

(CAUTION: PDF is 1.5MB)

29 Oct 04

(1.5Mb)

The Ministry advise that the Minister needs to re-consult with stakeholders due to the passing of new legislation.

21 Oct 04

More Info...

option4
Cover letter sent to the Ministry of Fisheries alongside our submission on the introduction of new stocks into the QMS.

2 Aug 04

More Info...

option4 submission made on behalf of non-commercial fishers on the introduction of seven new species into the QMS.

2 Aug 04

More Info...

The Ministry respond with a phone call and an email to confirm the deadline would be extended to 2 August 2004 (11 working days).

9 Jul 04

More Info...

option4 email advising the Ministry we had not had a response to our request for a 60-day extension and that time was critical.

5 Jul 04

More Info...

option4 email requesting an extension to the 16 July submission deadline. MFish had given us 38 days to consult and respond.

21 Jun 04

More Info...

Ministry of Fisheries
Letter advising MFish were consulting on whether eight new species should be introduced into the QMS on 1 October 2005.

8 Jun 04

(30Kb)

Consultation document including details of MFish proposals to introduce seven of these new species into the QMS.

(CAUTION: PDF is 2MB)

8 Jun 04

(2Mb)

Meeting Report

A report from the Shellfish Fisheries Assessment Working Group meeting held to discuss cockle, scallops and shellfish monitoring.

22 Mar 04

More Info...

 

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