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Blue cod fishery consultation launch

Blue cod fishery consultation launch

Consultation on new proposals to manage the blue cod fishery in the Marlborough Sounds will begin on 2 June.

The Blue Cod Management Group, which developed these proposals, is made up of recreational and commercial fishing representatives and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Group spokesperson, Eric Jorgensen, says the proposals were developed following feedback from the community and an analysis of the science earlier this year.

“Our goal is a sustainable fishery for the current and future generations. Your feedback on these proposals will help us arrive at the best way forward.

“The latest science, as well as observations from fishers, show that we need a change. Some blue cod populations are not much better off than when the fishery was closed in 2008 and too many blue cod are being killed in Pelorus and Queen Charlotte Sounds.

“The group has a preferred option, which we think balances the needs of all stakeholders and makes the rules simple and fair. However nothing is set in stone. We want to hear from you, whatever your view.”

The Blue Cod Management Group will consider all submissions and develop a proposal for the Minister to consider.

Any changes will be in place once the fishery reopens for Summer on 20 December 2015.

“Go to MPI’s website on Tuesday, June 2 to read the proposals in detail and find out how to have your say. If you want to find out more, we will be running some events during consultation which will give people a chance to better understand the options and ask any questions.”

Deputy Director-General of MPI Scott Gallacher thanked the BCMG for their work to date. Mr Gallacher noted the significant amount of work the group had undertaken to develop the options proposed, including seeking views from local communities.

“The options are robust and thoughtful, and balance the need for sustainability while making sure people can continue to use this iconic fishery.”

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