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Blue Cod 8

Management of Blue Cod 8

by option4 and NZSFC




nz sport fishing council

Reference documents
Minister's decision
Final Advice Paper
MFish letter of advice
MFish Initial Advice Paper
blue cod 5

Blue Cod 8


On 30 June 2011 the Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) confirmed the inshore fish stocks that would be reviewed in the sustainability round for 1 October 2011.

Blue Cod 8 (Wellington) was identified as a fish stock warranting review because there were concerns about declining recreational catch and that the TACCs had not constrained commercial catch since 1986.

Submissions were due by 29 July 2011. Interested parties had 21 working days to respond.

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council (NZSFC) worked with a variety of groups to develop a response to the proposal.

MFish has advised that there is no new research available to indicate trends in stock health. However, commercial catches have never been constrained by the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) since the stock was introduced into the Quota Management System in 1986. This was the first time a TAC would be set for this fish stock.


Blue Cod 8
A submission by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council advocating for the TACC to be set at 25 tonnes, the current level of commercial catch. Also, that a monitoring programme be established to measure relative abundance over time.

29 Jul 11


blue cod 8 submission

Preliminary View
A Preliminary View of the Ministry's proposals for Blue Cod 8, from the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council. This reviews the MFish proposals and offers further information to assist people as they consider formulating a response.

15 Jul 11


paua submission

Reference documents

Decision announcement
Phil Heatley's decision was followed by a media release discussing the management decisions applying from the 1 October 2011 fishing year.

26 Sep 11


Minister's decision
Phil Heatley's decision follows the Ministry's advice to reduce the TACC, but not constrain commercial catch, and reduce the amateur bag limits to constrain catches to current levels.

23 Sep 11


MFish Final Advice Paper
The Final Advice Paper from the Ministry to the Minister of Fisheries. MFish recommend the TACC is reduced to the highest catch recorded in recent years, without constraining commercial catch. MFish recommend the amateur bag limit is halved, to reduce the risk of expansion.

23 Sep 11


MFish Letter of Advice
The letter from the Ministry of Fisheries advising that the review of Blue Cod 8 and other fish stocks is underway. Submissions due by 29 July 2011.

30 Jun 11


paua MFish letter 2010

MFish Initial Advice
The Ministry of Fisheries' Initial Position Paper (IPP) explaining that there is no new information available to indicate trends in stock health. The TACC has been routinely under-caught and recreational catches have been declining.

30 Jun 11


blue cod 8 proposal



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