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On June 10th the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) advised they were consulting on options for the future management of John dory 7, spanning the northern, western and eastern coasts of the South Island.
MPI has proposed three options, one being the status quo, the others include either a 13% or 27% catch limit increase for commercial fishers. Submission deadline is 11 July 2016.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council will be submitting a response to the proposals. We strongly object to the short consultation timeframe offered by the Ministry. This time we had 21 working days, totally inadequate for us as a volunteer organisation to firstly review and understand the proposals, research background information, prepare a response and then talk with affected members and supporters in the lower North Island and South Island.
To aid the discussions and to generate feedback the Council compiled a Preliminary view on John dory and Snapper 7. This document outlines the initial issues we identified while reading the proposal documents. A submission is underway and will be posted online after it has been sent to the Ministry.
What follows is a record of the process and the Council's response. As other relevant documents are made available they will be posted online.
Click the right hand image to download the document. Most recent activity is at the top of the list.
Nathan Guy, the Ministry for Primary Industries, has followed MPI's advice and increased the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) by 27%, from 150 tonnes to 190 tonnes. The NZSFC-LegaSea teams are concerned that there is no annual monitoring plan for this vulnerable fish stock. The current strategy seems to be only increases to commercial catch levels when precautionary management is clearly required for JDO7. [Caution: File size – 8MB]
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) received two submissions in response to their three proposed options for the future management of John dory 7. The one commercial/iwi submission supported Option 3, a 27% increase to the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC). The only other submission was from the NZSFC-LegaSea team, supporting a modified Option one, the status quo.
This document is a compilation of all submissions to the June-July management process reviewing multiple species and stocks. [Caution: File size – 18MB]
NZSFC submission. John dory 7 proposals. 9 July 2016
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council submits the John dory 7 fishery particularly in the Tasman and Golden Bays, is showing signs of growth overfishing. Precautionary management is required for this important fish stock. The proposed increase to the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) goes against all reasonable expectations and environmental principles.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council has reviewed the Ministry's proposals for the future management of John dory 7. This Preliminary view includes initial comments on the John dory 7 and Snapper 7 proposals. The recommendation is for the Council to submit in support of Option 1, status quo for John dory 7 for a variety of reasons, including the paucity of information on the status of the John dory 7 stock in Tasman and Golden Bays at the top of the South Island.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) proposes three options for the future management of John dory 7. Option one is the status quo. Option two proposes a 13% increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC), from 150 tonnes to 170 tonnes. Option 3 proposes a 27% TACC increase.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) advises it is consulting on management measures for a range of fish stocks including John dory 7. Submission deadline is 11 July, leaving us 21 working days to read the proposals, do our research, consult with our members and supporters and write a submission. From our perspective this timeframe is inadequate and likely unlawful.
This plenary is the Ministry's summary of the John dory 7 fish stock. This includes stock status information and data of historic and estimated catches from the fishery. This is the Ministry's "bible" of information on John dory 7.