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Pacific bluefin

Pacific bluefin tuna management

by option4 and NZSFC




nz sport fishing council


Minister's decision
MFish Final Advice Paper
MFish Advice letter
MFish Initial proposal
pacific bluefin areas

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.



Pacific bluefin tuna
A submission by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council on the proposed TAC increase for pacific bluefin tuna. The NZSFC submit the TAC, recreational allowance and mortality allowance ought to increase.

1 Aug 11

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pacific bluefin NZSFC submission

Reference documents

Decision announcement
Phil Heatley's decision was followed by a media release outlining the management decisions that will apply from 1 October 2011, the beginning of the new fishing year.

26 Sep 11


Minister's decision
Phil Heatley, Minister of Fisheries, decision follows MFish recommendations to increase the TAC, the allowances for both recreational interests and other, fishing related mortality.

23 Sep 11


MFish Final Advice Paper
The Final Advice Paper from the Ministry to the Minister of Fisheries. MFish highlight that some commercial operators will be adversely affected if the TACC is decreased, as recommended by the NZSFC.

23 Sep 11


MFish Advice Letter
The Ministry of Fisheries' letter advising of the sustainability review for highly migratory species, including Pacific bluefin tuna. An increase in Total Allowable Catch is proposed to enable an allowance to be made for recreational fishing interests. Submissions due by 1 August 2011.

6 Jul 11


pacific bluefin letter

MFish Initial Proposal
The Ministry of Fisheries' Initial Position Paper (IPP) including two management options, the status quo as option one, or increasing the TAC and recreational allowance to reflect recreational harvest of pacific bluefin tuna.

6 Jul 11


pacific bluefin ipp



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