Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Sanford welcomes discussion around recording catch

16 May 2016
Media Release

Sanford welcomes discussion around recording catch

SNA1 (Snapper One Fishery) data shows returns to the sea are 3.2% of commercial snapper catch; returns to the sea for recreational catch are unknown.

Image | Download

Sanford CEO Volker Kuntzsch says unscientific and historic data relating to the commercial fishery, like that in the University of British Columbia report released today, is disappointing and distracts from a genuine discussion around the future management of our fisheries.

“Rather than focusing on unreliable information around commercial catch and discard size, predominantly dating back to decades before the introduction of the Quota Management System 30 years ago, we should be looking at filling the gaps in our current understanding of all catch in New Zealand.”

Using the Snapper One (SNA 1) Fishery as an example, Kuntzsch says the number of fish caught by recreational fishers and recreational charter operators could be higher than that of the commercial sector and remain unreported until today.

“The impact of the recreational sector is much greater than estimates suggest as unlike commercial fishers there is no requirement to record numbers of snapper caught, or how many are discarded. We’ve got a world leading fisheries management regime and mostly healthy fish stocks, but no real grasp on total catch data – and you can’t manage an important fishery like this into the future without half the information,” Kuntzsch says.

The SNA 1 region, which runs from the top of eastern Northland to the Bay of Plenty, includes the Hauraki Gulf and has a total recreational catch of 3050 tonnes (which includes recreational charter).

“With up to 21,000 recreational fishers in 6,900 boats heading out into the Gulf on a good day and a burgeoning Auckland population that is expected to reach 1.77 million by 2020, over the summer period the actual number of snapper caught could be twice the recreational catch allowance for the entire SNA 1 area of 3050 tonnes,” Kuntzsch says.

Estimated Potential Snapper Harvest

Estimated potential snapper harvest in the Hauraki Gulf based on 78 days of summer shows after just 37 days the recreational quota allowance for the entire SNA 1 region of 3050 tonnes could be met.

Image | Download

Mandatory catch reporting by recreational fishers and recreational charter operators would give a more robust view of the total catch from fishing, Kuntzsch says.

“As part of Sanford’s ongoing work towards creating a world recognised sustainable fishery we would love to gain MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) Certification for the SNA 1 region, including the Hauraki Gulf. However, without robust monitoring of all catch from the area this can’t be considered.”

“Our deepwater fisheries management system is already recognised as one of the best with the highest compliance in the world. New Zealand’s inshore fisheries could achieve the same recognition if the recreational sector contributed to recording and monitoring of catch, which is vital to the ongoing sustainability of our oceans,” Kuntzsch says.

The University of British Columbia report, Reconstruction of Marine Fisheries Catches for New Zealand (1950-2010), released today uses historical catch information from New Zealand fisheries and claims these are 2.7 (between 1950 and 2010) times larger than the official records.

The report also states unreported fish and discards account for most of the difference.

“This report has ignored independently audited official catch records for New Zealand held by The Ministry for Primary Industries,” Kuntzsch says.

“Those MPI records, along with NIWA’s report summarising catches since the early 1990’s, shows the level of discards is at around six percent,” Kuntzsch says.

“Whether the fish on your plate is bought or caught, everyone needs to be aware of their impact on the marine environment and act responsibly,” Kuntzsch says.



• 6900 vessels with 21,000 people fishing in the Hauraki Gulf on any given day – A New Marine Protected Areas Act, consultation document.
• Bag limit per person is seven snapper, 4kg based on conservative snapper number and weight.
• Total allowable catch for snapper of 8050 tonnes includes incidental mortality and customary allowance.
• 78 fishing days – Ministry for Primary Industries – New Zealand fisheries assessment report 2015. Estimated fishing days over the summer period (weekends and public holidays).

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Economy: COVID-19 Lockdown Has Widespread Effects On Labour Market

In the June 2020 quarter, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.0 percent, down from 4.2 percent last quarter, while underutilisation rose, Stats NZ said today. More>>


NZ Post: New Research By NZ Post Shows Online Shopping Grew 105% In Alert Level 3

New research by NZ Post into how the COVID-19 response has impacted the way Kiwis shop online, shows online shopping increased 105%* when the country moved into Alert Level 3, and may have changed the way Kiwis shop permanently. Online spend peaked ... More>>


Banking: Westpac NZ Lowers Merchant Fees For Small Businesses

Westpac NZ is rolling out a new merchant fee pricing structure that will lead to cost savings for more than 10,000 small and medium Kiwi businesses, and could make contactless transactions more widely available for customers. On 1 September, most ... More>>

REINZ: Million Dollar Plus Property Sales Increase 11.7% Nationally

The number of properties sold around the country for one million dollars or more during the first half (H1) of 2020 increased by 11.7% compared to H1 2019, with 5,426 million-dollar plus properties sold (up from 4,858 in H1 2019) according to the Real ... More>>

Waste: Government To Regulate Plastic Packaging, Tyres, E-Waste

The Government is stepping up action to deal with environmentally harmful products – including plastic packaging, tyres and e-waste – before they become waste. As part of the wider plan to reduce the amount of rubbish ending up in landfills, ... More>>


Bankers Association: Banking Becomes First Living Wage Accredited Industry

Banking has become New Zealand’s first fully living wage accredited industry, leading to nearly 1800 employees and contractors moving onto the living wage and gaining greater economic independence for them and their families. As of today, all ... More>>


QV Valuations: July House Price Index Illustrates Market Resilience

According to the July 2020 QV House Price Index (HPI) results out today , property values recorded a marginal increase, up 0.2% over the month. This is somewhat of a turnaround from June, after the national index edged 0.2% lower. More>>


Property: Queenstown Rents Experience Biggest Drop In Seven Years

Rental prices in the Queenstown-Lakes district saw the biggest annual percentage drop in seven years after falling 28 per cent on June last year, according to the latest Trade Me Rental Price Index. Trade Me Property spokesperson Aaron Clancy said ... More>>

Seismology: The Quiet Earth

As many daily activities came to a halt during lockdown, the Earth itself became quiet, probably quieter than it has been since humans developed the technology to listen in. Seismologists have analysed datasets from more than 300 international ... More>>

RNZ: James Shaw Says Kiwibank, Not Ministers Should Decide On Investors

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says Kiwibank's decision to stop doing business with companies dealing in fossil fuels is the right one. More>>


FMA: Kiwis Confident Financial Markets Will Recover From COVID-19, Plan To Increase Investments

Despite the majority (60%) of investors experiencing losses as a result of COVID-19, the outlook on investing remains positive, according to a Financial Markets Authority (FMA) survey. Most Kiwis (71%) were optimistic that the pandemic will pass eventually ... More>>

FIRST Union: Warehouse Using Covid For Cover As Extensive Restructure Makes Everyone Worse Off

(FIRST Union comments on The Warehouse consultation and proposed restructure) 'Unfortunately the Warehouse have done the disappointing thing and used Covid-19 to justify a bunch of operational business decisions that will leave hundreds of workers without jobs ... More>>


Stats NZ: Mixed Performance By Regions Leaves National Emissions Picture Unchanged

Approximately two-thirds of New Zealand’s regions recorded decreases in their total greenhouse gas emissions, while one-third of regions saw increases between 2007 and 2018, Stats NZ said today. “While some regions reduced their emissions, ... More>>