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A little effort by everyone will go a long way. Tarakihi is just another species below abundant levels, working together is the best way we can have an impact and enhance our fisheries.
Commercial fishing represents around 95% of annual tarakihi harvest, recreational is less than 5%.
Current commercial catches from east coast stocks, between Northland to Otago, are causing a sustainability risk.
Significant commercial catch reductions are required to rebuild tarakihi abundance. The question becomes - how long we are prepared to wait for that rebuild. The Minister of Fisheries is considering a range of options to achieve the rebuild within 10 or 20 years.We can't wait 20 years.
The Ministerial decision is required by October 2018.
The Minister is also considering removing tarakihi from the combined finfish daily bag limit and instead setting a tarakihi specific bag limit, on the basis that it will help rebuild tarakihi abundance. Even if we stopped all recreational fishing it would make no difference to the rebuild because we are only 5% of the total catch. Bag limit changes are being used to reduce recreational access to tarakihi.
Independent research in 2015 found that 142,000 Kiwis target tarakihi on a day’s fishing. More than half of people who landed tarakihi came home with 4 or fewer fish. This is a major concern given that it is one of the top five inshore recreational fish and the target species for many people south of the Bay of Plenty.
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Current Fisheries Management Submissions - July 2020
A number of fisheries management submissions of interest to divers are currently in process.
New recreational crayfish rules for the CRA 2 and CRA 5
From 1 July 2020, new measures are applied to recreational fishers in the CRA 2 (Hauraki Gulf/Bay of Plenty) and CRA 5 (Canterbury/Marlborough) spiny rock lobster fisheries.
NZUA representative on National Rock Lobster Management Group
NZUA board member, Andy Stewart now fills one of two recreational positions as a representative for the NZUA on the National Rock Lobster Management Group.
Young Ocean Explorers New Rangatahi series
Young Ocean Explorers are incredibly excited to be launching their new Rangatahi series to learn about the moana through a Te Ao Māori lens.
Have your say on the Draft National Inshore Finfish Fisheries Plan
Many of us in the underwater community are in some way involved or are affected by fisheries and now's our chance to have our say by sharing our thoughts on the Fisheries New Zealand draft plan to improve inshore finfish fisheries.
Marine Lessons from Piha
What can be learnt about our marine environment from a quick trip to the beach? What does that shell belong to? What is seafoam made of? What are 'blue-bottle jellyfish'?