Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Latest science says most fish stocks in good shape

Fisheries New Zealand has recently published its annual Status of New Zealand’s Fisheries Report, which shows that most New Zealand fish stocks are sustainable.

Manager Fisheries Science Dr Richard Ford says Fisheries New Zealand is committed to ensuring the long term sustainability of New Zealand’s fisheries.

“It was good to see that 142 of the 169 assessed fish stocks have no sustainability issues,” Dr Ford says.

“However there are 27 fish stocks which have some sustainability concerns. In all cases where stocks need support, corrective management action has been, or is being, put in place to improve stock levels.

“We use the Quota Management System (QMS) to manage New Zealand’s fisheries, and the bedrock of the system is scientific data.

“We spend about $22 million a year on scientific research to get the best available information about what is happening in our fisheries.

“All the scientific information we receive which goes into the stock assessments is independently peer reviewed by Fisheries Assessment Working groups to ensure the accuracy of information.

“If the science suggests that a stock is doing well, then we look at increasing catch limits. If the stock status assessment suggests that the catch needs to be reduced to ensure sustainability, then we propose reducing catch limits to re-build the stock,” says Dr Ford.

Highlights from the review show that:

• The first ever successful assessment for Chatham Islands rock lobster was completed in 2018 and showed that the stock is above biomass limits, but below the management target.

• The Puysegur sub-stock of orange roughy was assessed in 2017 and found to have fully rebuilt since its closure in 1997.

To determine the status of each stock, a number of Fisheries Assessment Working Groups evaluate the results of scientific research vessel surveys, catch and effort reports, data from on-board Fisheries Observers and other relevant information.

The status of the stocks is updated annually, and work on the 2019 update is already well underway, so that the most current advice is available to enable the best decisions to be made by Fisheries Managers.

For more information and for the full report visit our website: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/growing-and-harvesting/fisheries/fisheries-management/fish-stock-status/

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Legal Issues: Gordon Campbell On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

Yesterday’s interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public.

Apoparently, the fuel industry is an oligopoly where the Big Three (BP, Mobil and Z) that import 90% of this country’s fuel also control the supply, pricing, profit margins etc etc, from wharf to petrol pump, thereby all but throttling genuine competition at every stage along the way. More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>


Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>


School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>


IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>


Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

PM's Post-Cab: Bad Mail

Cabinet was updated on the process around prisoners sending mail, following the accused Christchurch gunman sending letters that "should have been stopped". All mail of "high concern prisoners" will now be checked by a specialist team and a changes to the legal criteria for witholding mail are expecting to go to a cabinet committee in this parliamentary session. More>>

Welfare: Ongoing Drug-Test Sanctions Contradicts Govt’s Rhetoric

Reports that two-thirds of beneficiaries who fail drug tests are still having their benefit sanctioned contradicts the Government’s so-called health approach to drugs. More>>





InfoPages News Channels