Management and Policy Submissions 2011

by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council

Due to the broad interests of our 57 clubs and 32,000 affiliated members the NZ Sport Fishing Council submits on a range of issues. There are many factors that affect our ability to fish and enjoy a healthy marine environment. All submissions are made with the objective of achieving “more fish in the water”.

The following is a list of submissions made during 2011, with the most recent document at the top.

Te Korowai Marine Strategy. 2011 – 2012

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council acknowledge and appreciate the enormous amount of effort that has gone into developing the draft Strategy by Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura. This community proposal for local management includes a whale sanctuary, taiapure, mataitai, marine reserves and lower recreational daily bag limits. These can be achieved through current legislation, no alternative proposals are necessary. Follow the process & download the documents here.

Proposed in-season TAC increase for Southern bluefin tuna (STN1). 11 November 2011

Three recommendations are made in this submission:

  • That the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of 420 tonne should be retained for the remainder of the 2011-12 fishing year.
  • MFish should highlight the need for the Minister of Fisheries to take a precautionary approach when managing the critically low Southern bluefin tuna stocks.
  • New Zealand must continue to develop a reputation as a responsible fishing nation in the regional fisheries management organisations it is party to, and need not follow the lead of Japan, Australia and Taiwan.

Auckland Draft Plan 31 October 2011

In this submission the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council seeks amendment to the Plan.

Amend the reference to stakeholders and key stakeholders so as to include  non-commercial fishing interests, both customary and recreational.

Also, delete from the Auckland and Marine and Coastal Environment maps the “indicative marine protected areas and coastal protection areas”. These have not been consulted on and ought to be included in a marine spatial plan with clear, legislative foundations explained.

The NZSFC representatives Stuart Ryan, barrister, and Scott Macindoe, will be addressing the Auckland Council hearing on 22 November 2011.

Auckland draft plan submission
Auckland draft MPAs

Foreign Charter Vessels. 27 October 2011

This NZSFC submission was sent to the Ministerial Panel established to inquire into the use and operation of Foreign Charter Vessels (FCVs) in New Zealand waters.

This submission was sent in late, but covers some important issues not addressed in the other 70 submissions to the Inquiry Panel. Bare boat charters and New Zealand crew is the only permissible FCV model.

foreign charter vessel submission

Rock Lobster Concessions. 11 September 2011

The NZ Sport Fishing Council does not believe all the crayfish stocks are being managed at sufficient abundance levels to enable people to provide for their social, economic and cultural wellbeing, as required by the Fisheries Act 1996. 

The NZSFC objects to the ongoing mismanagement of many of the Crayfish stocks and requested that our objection be highlighted to the Minister in the Final Advice Paper. 

crayfish concession submission

Pacific bluefin tuna. 1 August 2011

Pacific bluefin tuna were introduced into the Quota Management System in 2004 and an allowance of one tonne was made for recreational interests. Since 2007 a game fishery has developed off the South Island’s west coast and recreational take is now exceeding that allowance. The Ministry of Fisheries proposed to increase the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and the recreational allowance by 24 tonne.

NZSFC advocated for an allowance increase of 24 tonne, but that the TAC remain at 120 tonne and the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) be reduced. The Minister agreed with MFish and increased both the recreational allowance and the TAC.

west coast bluefin tuna

Kingfish 8. 29 July 2011

In Kingfish 8, off the North Island’s west coast, the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) was set to keep commercial harvest at bycatch levels. The 36 tonne TACC has been exceeded every year since


Bluenose, national stocks. 29 July 2011

Nationwide bluenose stocks need rebuilding. NZSFC agree that Total Allowable Commercial Catches (TACCs) need to be cut to bycatch levels, but reject the pre-determined reductions to recreational daily bag limits. Commercial fishers have thumped bluenose for many years. Those responsible for depleting the fishery ought to rebuild the stock.

The Minister agreed with MFish’s recommendations, to reduce recreational bag limits and a phased TACC reduction.

SPO, Rig 2. 29 July 2011

Rig, spotted dogfish, is an important catch for all interests in Area 2, between Cape Runaway and Wellington. Commercial catch has exceeded legal limits for 20 years. NZSFC argued against increasing the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC). Trawl mesh size needed to be increased to 125mm to avoid these excess fish.

The Minister followed MFish’s advice and increased the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and the TACC. 

rig spotted dogfish

Blue cod 5. 29 July 2011

Most of the catch taken in Blue cod 5 is harvested from Foveaux Strait. BCO5 is depleted but MFish only offered one option out of three to reduce actual commercial catch. Two out of three management options proposed recreational bag limit reductions of 33 or 66%. NZSFC argued against the bag limit reductions based on the evidence provided by MFish.

The Minister agreed with MFish’s recommendation and unfairly reduced the daily bag limits and the TACC, without reducing actual commercial catch.

blue cod

Blue cod 8. 29 July 2011

Recreational fishers take most of the Blue cod in Area 8, lower west coast North Island. MFish proposed to reduce the overall recreational allowance and the daily bag limit while cutting the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC), but not reducing actual commercial catch. NZSFC argued the TACC ought to be set at current catch levels and the current recreational allowance retained.

The Minister agreed with his Ministry and cut the recreational bag limits in half and reduced the TACC to 34 tonnes, the highest recent recorded commercial catch.

blue cod 8 submission

Rock Lobster sustainability measures. 4 February 2011

The NZ Sport Fishing Council is seriously concerned about the mismanagement of our Rock Lobster fisheries. This submission is a joint initiative of the NZSFC and option 4. The objective of the submission is to achieve the goal of ‘more fish in the water’.

crayfish concession submission