New catch limits set for 32 fish stocks
Friday, September 21, 2018, 02:40 (GMT + 9)
The commercial tarakihi (Nemadactylus macropterus) catch in the fisheries areas off the east coast of the North and South Islands is to be reduced by 20 per cent in an effort to rebuild the depleted stock, announced Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash.
The minister has also signalled further cuts to capture of this resource are in store next year unless the commercial fishing industry can develop a plan to rebuild the fishery within ten years.
To take this decision, the minister has reviewed the total allowable catch and other management controls for 32 stocks as part of the regular twice yearly sustainability round. In this regard, he also explained the reductions are based on the best available scientific information and show the effectiveness of the quota management system.
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