Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries. (Photo Credit: Office of Nathan Guy)
Deepwater species TACC increase announced
Friday, September 27, 2013, 03:20 (GMT + 9)
Minister for Primary Industries (MPI) Nathan Guy has officially announced an increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) levels for several deepwater species starting 1 October.
Among the stocks considered to be in such a state so as to allow their capture increase is the hoki (Macruronus novaezelandiae), the country’s second most valuable fishery.
Seafood company Deepwater Group CEO, George Clement, George Clement, highlighted that the size of the eastern and western hoki stocks doubles the necessary one to ensure the maximum sustainable yield required by legislation. He said that this shows that the commitment of the country to reducing its catch limits has finally paid off, as the numbers increase progressively.
According to the Minister, the two hoki stocks have increased over the past seven years, which means that this fishery will stay sustainable with an increase in TACC of 20,000 tonnes, bringing it up to 150,000 tonnes.
Clement pointed out in the official release that the Minister’s decision reflects the fact that several other major deepwater species sotcks, apart from hoki, have also been increasing.
The entrepreneur was particularly pleased about the quantity of hoki stock (off the west and south coast).
“This is the main hoki fishery. We have now rebuilt the numbers to well above the optimum target level, so we are very confident about its future. With the number of young fish coming into the stock we can look forward to productive fishing into the future,” he went on to add.
Besides, he remarked that the MPI had authorized a catch limit that goes from 1,950 tonnes to 3,100 tonnes in east and south Chatham Rise without endangering a rebuild target.
Clement also pointed out the fact that orange roughy, scampi and ling have also healthy numbers, which has led to increases in conservative approaches to keep and raise their numbers even more, move which has been welcomed by the company.
By Gabriela Raffaele