Relentless purse seining
There was unrelenting purse seining of kahawai in Area 1 during the 1980s and 90s.
Prolific schools of kahawai disappeared from our local bays, estuaries and headlands, and land-based kahawai fishing by customary harvesters and sustenance fishers has collapsed.
Recently many non-commercial and commercial interest groups responded to the Ministry’s proposals for the future management of kahawai in all quota areas.
option4 believe MFish is being overly optimistic when they assert there is half as much kahawai biomass in Area 1 now as there used to be.
option4 and its allies agree that if the Minister is serious about his government’s intention to maximise the value gained from our fisheries, and MFish want to manage kahawai at a higher stock level, then more decisive action needs to be taken.