8 (SNA8) Catch History
Coast North Island
pair trawling prior to the Quota Management System (QMS) rapidly
reduced the west coast snapper 8 fishery to a mere 5% of the original
stock size. Poor Ministry of Fisheries management like allowing
the Quota Appeal Authority (QAA) to inflate commercial quotas
and deeming, which has allowed commercial fishers to exceed their
quota almost every year, has added considerable stress to the
Dumping and misreporting
by the commercial industry have further contributed to the lack
of rebuild of the west coast fishery. It is clear that excessive
commercial fishing and poor management of the commercial sector
by the Ministry of Fisheries are the ONLY reasons the snapper
stocks are in such a poor state.
In 1995 recreational
fishers took voluntary cuts to their catches out of concern over
the poor state of the snapper fishery. Bag limits were reduced
from 20 to 15, the size limit increased to 27cm and the number
of hooks on longlines was reduced to 25. Since then recreational
fishers have conserved an estimated 800 - 1600 tonnes of snapper.
Recreational leaders are outraged that the latest decisions ignore
those conservation actions and make conservation a futile exercise.