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Regulatory approval of new innovative trawl technology for inshore fisheries

Fisheries New Zealand has approved the use of the Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH) Modular Harvest System (MHS) in North Island inshore fisheries for snapper, tarakihi, trevally, red gurnard, and John Dory with specific conditions.

Stuart Anderson, director fisheries management at Fisheries New Zealand, says innovation in the fishing industry is important to deliver sustainability benefits and in the journey to shift to higher-value products.

“In granting this approval Fisheries New Zealand is satisfied that this system performs at least as well as traditional mesh trawl nets while ensuring sustainability benefits,” says Mr Anderson.

“We have included a number of conditions to ensure adequate oversight and reporting of the MHS as part of its commercial use. Additional reporting will allow Fisheries New Zealand to monitor the performance of the MHS trawl net, to ensure no undue adverse effects arise.”

The MHS has been developed as part of PSH, a programme between Aotearoa Fisheries (also known as Moana NZ), Sanford Limited, Sealord Group Limited and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).