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New Zealand fisheries on the up

13 Nov 2013
Both stocks of hoki have now increased for seven consecutive years. Photo: N Bagley/NIWA

Both stocks of hoki have now increased for seven consecutive years. Photo: N Bagley/NIWA

The status of New Zealand fisheries, including hoki, organge roughy and blue cod, are on the up this year, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

The MPI’s 2013 status review revealed that both stocks of hoki have now increased for seven consecutive years and both are now well within or above their management targets.

As a result, the quota has been increased from 90,000 to 150,000 tonnes.

With the recent discovery of a new aggregation of Chatham Rise orange roughy, the status of the stock has been revised, while the Campbell Island Rise stock of southern blue whiting remains at a historic high.

A new assessment of blue cod in the southern South Island reveals that the stock is increasing, along with a number of South Island stocks of gurnard, John Dory and elephantfish.

MPI says that, despite this positive news, it is continuing to improve its comprehensive fisheries management regime, designed to provide sustainable fisheries now and into the future.

Based on international best practice, the standard sets fishery and stock targets for New Zealand’s Quota Management System (QMS).

There are currently 638 stocks in the QMS. In terms of stocks of known status, 82% are above the desirable population size, 82.1% are below the overfishing threshold and 69.2% are above the management target.  

To see the evaluations for each fish stock click here.

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Both stocks of hoki have now increased for seven consecutive years. Photo: N Bagley/NIWA

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