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Fisheries New Zealand looking for feedback on new catch limits

Fisheries New Zealand has begun consultation on proposed changes to catch limits on a range of fisheries for the new fishing year beginning 1 October.

The consultation is part of a regular cycle of catch limit reviews that take place twice each year across New Zealand’s fisheries. This time the focus is on 16 fishery groupings ranging in area from Southland to Auckland, says Fisheries New Zealand’s director of fisheries management, Emma Taylor.

“Each of the proposed changes carefully considers the health of the stocks under review, based on the best available information. This consultation will allow us to consider feedback from everyone who uses these fisheries so the final changes reflect the needs of the fishery and the community.

“This year, the best available information is telling us we can consider catch limit increases for most of the stocks under review. Two examples are the snapper fishery in the Nelson/Tasman area and 4 kingfish stocks which have seen growth in abundance.

Consultation runs for 6 weeks and closes on 1 July 2020.

Review of sustainability measures for 1 October 2020