Big tick for fisheries management

According to the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Status of New Zealand’s Fisheries report, New Zealand’s fisheries management is working well. Photo: Seafood NZ.

The Ministry for Primary Industries latest stock assessments show most of New Zealand's commercial fisheries are performing well and continue to be well managed.

The Status of New Zealand's Fisheries report for 2016 which was released this week also shows a record percentage of the tonnage, and value of landings of scientifically evaluated stocks have no sustainability issues.

Ninety seven percent of scientifically evaluated landings were from stocks above or well above sustainable levels, says Seafood New Zealand chief executive Tim Pankhurst.

“The figures show that New Zealand continues to be a world leader in fisheries management.”

The information from the stocks report is gathered through a series of Fisheries Assessment Working Group meetings that are open to the public.

During the meetings, MPI evaluated presentations that combine scientific research with catch and effort reports, data from the on-board observer programme, and other information used to produce fish stock assessments.

“The main conclusion from these results is that by far the majority of New Zealand's fisheries are performing well,” the report states.

Recent stock assessments also highlight how sensible and sustainable management can have lasting benefits for our fisheries, says Tim.

“From 2001-2007 there were substantial reductions in hoki quotas. Due to this sensible management, both east and west hoki stocks have increased annually over the past eight years and are now the highest they have been this century.”

To download the MPI's Status of New Zealand's Fisheries report for 2016, visit


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