Likewise, there are no proposed allowance increases for Area 3, the troubled Gisborne cray-fishery.
The Fisheries Minister is legally obliged to ‘allow for’ our non-commercial fishing interests. These interests encompass far more than just what we harvest in a particular fishery, especially in a depleted fish stock.
The Minister must manage fisheries sustainably, at a level that enables people to provide for their social, economic and cultural well-being.
The effort to achieve both of these obligations has been under-whelming.
Another statutory requirement is consultation. Stipulating a seven-week timeframe over the four-week holiday period is not adequate consultation. By the time you read this Update the February submission deadline will be long-gone.
These proposals are contrary to the principles agreed to a decade ago, including “preventing fish conserved for recreational use being given to the commercial sector”.
A slight increase in Area 4 crayfish abundance does not validate such a massive windfall for quota owners.
There is depletion in the northeastern cray-fisheries.
Furthermore, there has been insufficient publicity about the proposals and non-commercial interests have been denied the opportunity to rebuild the cray-fisheries.