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Management of Bluenose

by option4 and NZSFC




nz sport fishing council


Reference documents
MFish letter of advice
MFish Initial Advice
Plenary report
bluenose management areas



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.

A submission by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council advocating for significant cuts to the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) and rejecting the pre-determined reduction in recreational bag limits.

29 Jul 11


bluenose submission

Reference documents

Decision announcement
Phil Heatley's decision was followed by a media release covering all the management decisions for the fishing year beginning 1 October 2011.

26 Sep 11


Minister's decision
Phil Heatley's decision follows MFish recommendations to reduce the amateur bag limit to 5 per person, even though commercial effort will not be constrained by the amended TACC.

23 Sep 11


MFish Final Advice Paper
The Final Advice Paper from the Ministry to the Minister of Fisheries. MFish considers reducing the amateur daily bag limit to 5 per person, to constrain recreational catch, is reasonable.

23 Sep 11


MFish Letter of Advice
The Ministry of Fisheries' letter advising the review of sustainability measures and other management controls for Bluenose stocks is underway. Submissions due by 29 July 2011.

6 Jul 11


Bluenose MFish letter 2011

MFish Initial Advice
The Ministry of Fisheries' Initial Position Paper (IPP) outlining four management options, with variations within each option. All include a reduction in recreational bag limits.

6 Jul 11


Bluenose proposal 2011

MFish Plenary
The Ministry of Fisheries' Fisheries Assessment Plenary document describing the status of the Bluenose fish stocks and other technical details.

May 2010


bluenose plenary



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