Pacific bluefin tuna
On 5th July 2011 the Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) released an Initial Position Paper (IPP) proposing an increase in the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Pacific Bluefin Tuna (TOR).
This TAC increase is to allow a recreational allowance to be set that better reflects the historical catch by recreational interests.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council (NZSFC) and other interest groups were given 18 working days to respond to the proposal.
The NZSFC promote tag and release of Pacific bluefin tuna caught by recreational anglers, but recognise some are kept for personal reasons.
If the fish are kept, the NZSFC recommend the fish is kept chilled and fully utilised once landed.