Kahawai 1 (KAH 1)
A major flaw is the proposal to reduce the non-commercial allowances in Kahawai 1 (KAH1), which extends from North Cape to East Cape. MFish propose reducing the recreational allowance by 46 percent and customary around 60 percent.
MFish recognise that the customary allowance is not meant as a constraint, the adjustment from 495 tonnes to 200t is merely a “correction”.
But the reduction in the overall recreational allowance from 1680t to 900t is completely unjustified.
There is general agreement that recreational catches have been reduced because of depletion caused by excessive purse seining.
While no cuts to individual bag limits are proposed, MFish suggest these may be required in a couple of years to ensure recreational catch is constrained to the new 900t limit.