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.
All Bluenose stocks were identified as warranting review because the biomass is well below the level required to produce maximum sustainable yield.
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 the 2011 stock assessment results indicate low biomass of Bluenose, and recreational forum members have expressed concerns about the stock status and the size and abundance of Bluenose in some areas.