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In 1992 the National Rock Lobster Management Group (NRLMG) was established as a statutory body to provide advice to the Minister on managing Rock Lobster (Crayfish) fisheries. It is advertised as a multi-stakeholder group comprising representatives of customary, recreational and commercial fishing interests, and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). In reality, membership is limited to four stakeholder organisations, not all of whom are representative of the various interest groups.
A concern for non-commercial interests is that the Ministry for Primary Industries is now engaged in the management of Rock Lobster from the sideline.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council recommends the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, takes a more active role in the management of Rock Lobster, to restore abundance, to decrease the risks associated with low biomass (stock) levels, and to provide for reasonable public use of the Cray fisheries.
Below is a chronological list of various management proposals and subsequent submissions.
Click on the right-hand image to download the document. Most recent activity is at the top of the list.
Details of reviews by year –
Minister’s reply to NZSFC about CRA3, Gisborne. 9 October 2013
Nathan Guy, the Minister for Primary Industries, has replied to the NZSFC June letter and is confident that his recent decisions on catch limits and concessions meet the statutory obligations under the Fisheries Act. He directs us to share our concerns with the statutory body charged with managing Crayfish, the National Rock Lobster Management Group. The same group dominated by commercial interests, and where recreational concerns are secondary.
No thanks Minister, just make sure our rock lobster fisheries are managed sustainably, to meet the needs of future generations, and to enable us to provide for our social, economic and cultural wellbeing. As per the purpose and principles of the Fisheries Act.
NZSFC Letter to Minister – Adverse decisions for CRA 3. June 2013
The Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, has decided to amend various commercial fishing regulations in CRA 3, 7 and 8. The Minister also considered and decided against allowing amateur fishers to take undersized crayfish at the sub-legal minimum size that commercial fishers can harvest crays. Commercial fishers are allowed under a concession to take 52 and 53mm rock lobster from CRA 3, 7 & 8.
Nathan Guy, the Minister for Primary Industries, has decided to increase the commercial catch limits in Gisborne (CRA3) and Wellington/Hawke Bay (CRA4). The commercial catch limits in the Otago (CRA7) fishery will decrease from 63.9 to 44 tonnes. In the Southern (CRA8) fishery all limits will remain as is, commercial interests in that fishery have taken a more conservative approach to managing the fishery, to gain higher yields. The NZSFC remains hopeful that this approach will eventually be applied in all CRA fisheries.
NZSFC Update 21 – Caught a crayfish lately? March 2013
Opinion piece – Letter to NZ Fishing News editor. March 2013
Dr John McKoy is chairperson of the National Rock Lobster Management Group (NRLMG). In this letter to the editor of the New Zealand Fishing News magazine he strongly objects to and disagrees with assertions made by the NZ Sport Fishing Council in Update 20, ‘Wayward advice skewing decisions’. He notes the Council’s comments about the CRA 3 (Gisborne) fishery are ill-informed and poorly researched.
NZSFC Update 20 – Wayward advice skewing decisions. February 2013
NZSFC Submission – Rock Lobster sustainability. 1 February 2013
NZSFC Summary of issues – January 2013
MPI proposals – Rock Lobster sustainability review. 14 December 2012
MPI proposals – Advisory letter. 14 December 2012
NZSFC Submission – Regulation review. 16 December 2012
NZSFC Summary of issues – December 2012
MPI proposals – Rock Lobster regulation review. 8 November 2012
MPI proposals – Advisory letter. 8 November 2012
David Carter, the Minister for Primary Industries, has decided to retain all of the existing rock lobster Concession Area minimum legal size limit regulations applying to commercial fishers. Commercial fishers are allowed under a concession to take 52 and 53mm rock lobster from CRA 3, 7 & 8. In August 2011 MPI issued a discussion paper advising a review of these concessions. The NZSFC submitted that the concessions needed to be revoked, on 9 September 2011. The Minister’s decision to retain the status quo was advised on 31 May 2012.
MPI FAP. Concession Area regulation review Final Advice Paper to Minister. May 2012
NZSFC Media release – Public robbed of crayfish. 28 March 2012
Minister’s decision – Rock Lobster sustainability review. 26 March 2012
NZSFC Submission – Sustainability review. 3 February 2012
NIWA Summer series – Rock lobster with your summer salad. 10 January 2012
MFish proposals – Advisory letter. 19 December 2011
MFish stock info – Plenary document. November 2011
NZSFC Submission – Concession Area regulation review. 11 September 2011
MFish IPP. Proposals to review Concession Area regulations. 5 August 2011
MFish letter. Letter advising of Concession review. 5 August 2011
Phil Heatley’s decisions for the future management of CRA 4, 5, 7 & 8. Increased commercial catch limits in CRA 4, Wellington-Hawkes Bay. Retain current commercial catch limits in CRA 5, Canterbury/Marlborough. Decrease the commercial catch limits in CRA 7, Otago, and CRA 8, Southern. Decision applies from 1 April 2011.
Final Advice Paper to the Minister, Phil Heatley, from the National Rock Lobster Management Group (NRLMG). This FAP summarises the submissions received in response to the Initial Position Paper, recommendations and stock information relevant to the future management of CRA 4, 5, 7 & 8.
Submissions. Responses to sustainability review for 1 April 2011. February 2011
NZSFC Submission – Sustainability review. 4 February 2011
Initial Position Paper outlining potential future management options for CRA 4 (Wellington-Hawkes Bay), CRA 5 (Canterbury/Marlborough), CRA 7, Otago and CRA 8 (Southern). Submissions are due by 2 February 2011 and any decision will apply from 1 April 2011. Decision (above) was advised on 30 March 2011.