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Proposals for an in-season increase to the total allowable catch for southern bluefin tuna

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MIL OSI – Source: Ministry for Primary Industries 2 – Release/Statement

Headline: Proposals for an in-season increase to the total allowable catch for southern bluefin tuna

Closing Date:

Contact: Fisheries Management, Highly Migratory Species Team

Email: FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

Background to consultation

MPI is seeking feedback on proposed options on whether to implement a decision of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCBST) to increase New Zealand’s national allocation of southern bluefin tuna in the current fishing year and, if so, how that should be shared between sectors.

The CCSBT is the regional fisheries management organisation responsible for the management of southern bluefin tuna. CCSBT sets the global total allowable catch which is then allocated to individual countries, including New Zealand.

Have your say

The most recent allocation agreement provided an increase of 88 tonnes for New Zealand for the 2018 to 2020 period, from 1,000 tonnes per annum to 1,088 tonnes per annum.

An in-season increase would allow New Zealand to apply the increased country allocation granted at the most recent meeting in time to be used within the current fishing year, and realise the economic and social benefits from the additional catch.

There are 3 proposed options:

  • Option 1 – Maintain the status quo, where the TAC remains unchanged for the remainder of the 2017 to 2018 fishing year
  • Option 2 – An in-season increase, with no change to the recreational sector allowance
  • Option 3 – An in-season increase, with changes to commercial and recreational sector allowances.

Consultation documents

Making your submission

Consultation on the proposed changes closes at 5pm on 9 February 2018.

Email your feedback on the consultation document to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

In your submission, make sure you include:

  • ‘southern bluefin tuna’ in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title (if applicable)
  • your organisation’s name (if applicable)
  • your address.

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Highly Migratory Species Team 
Ministry for Primary Industries 
PO Box 2526 
Wellington 6140 

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA. Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include, it’s commercially sensitive or it’s personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.

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