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by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council – LEGASEA
All submissions made by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council – LegaSea have the objective of ensuring that sustainability measures and management controls are designed and implemented to achieve the purpose and principles of the Fisheries Act 1996.
The Minister is obliged to take a precautionary approach when managing fisheries with uncertain, unreliable or inadequate information. This applies to most of the fisheries that we consider important!
Due to the extensive, nationwide interests of our 55 clubs, the Council submits on a range of issues and proposals.
The following summarises submissions made during 2014. Latest documents top the lists.
Click on the right-hand image to download the document or follow the link to read more detail…….
Submission. Blue moki 3. South Island east coast. 25 June 2014
Blue moki is a popular table fish taken by shorebased anglers, set netters and spear fishers around the South Island and bottom half of the North Island. Blue moki has high cultural value to coastal communities. MPI have proposed to give more quota to commercial fishers who have exceeded their catch limits since 2010, while local families are now denied reasonable access to a staple food……Blue moki 3 submission 2014.
Submission. Skipjack tuna. New Zealand’s EEZ. 20 June 2014
The NZ Sport Fishing Council supports the objective of managing skipjack tuna catch throughout its range as proposed by the regional authorities. The Council opposes any excessive TACCs for commercial fisheries as it legitimises catch far in excess of any catch history ever achieved. An excessive allocation for skipjack would just be repeating past mistakes, and would not be defensible if challenged by other Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission members…….Skipjack tuna submission 2014.
Scallops are highly valued by all fishers so it is important to maintain abundance so people can provide for their social, economic and cultural wellbeing. The NZSFC-LegaSea team submitted for a radical reduction in commercical catch limits applying at the top of the South Island as the Scallop 7 fishery has declined markedly. Abundance and ecosystem function needs to be restored……….Southern scallop (SCA7) submission 2014
Submission. Crayfish management nationwide. 21 February 2014
Crayfish are a national favourite so when the Ministry for Primary Industries suggested maintaining some stocks at ridiculous levels the NZ Sport Fishing Council objected – strongly. Read the submission, the ongoing issues and why these precious fisheries are being managed to meet quota owners’ needs, not the needs of us, ordinary New Zealanders…… 2014 Crayfish submission.