View Full Version : Hoki stock has fully recovered

Davie Tait
17th June 2013, 14:50

Friday, June 14, 2013, 23:50 (GMT + 9)

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has unveiled the latest thorough scientific assessment of the status of New Zealand’s fisheries with hoki as the “star performer,” having now fully recovered.

“The 2013 plenary report provides us with valuable, peer-reviewed scientific information on the status of our fish stocks and fisheries,” said Dr Pamela Mace, Principal Advisor Fisheries Science for MPI.

“Many of the assessments indicate there is scope for increases in current catch limits. Hoki is the “star” performer. A few short years ago, there was concern that the western stock had become depleted. Science has driven strong and decisive management action and ensured the full restoration of hoki New Zealand-wide, even surpassing management benchmarks,” Mace added.

For hoki, both the eastern and western stocks have increased over seven consecutive years. As a result, the abundance of both stocks is now approaching or beyond the upper bound of the management target range.

Regarding Chatham Rise orange roughy, a survey taken last year confirmed the existence of a large new spawning area first discovered in 2011, which has substantially improved the status of the stock. Its abundance has further increased slightly since 2012.

The West Coast South Island ling and hake stocks have been assessed to be well above their management targets.

For East Northland, Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty snapper, the survey determined these stocks have increased by up to 70 per cent over the last 15-25 years -- yet they remain only at about half of the level of their current management target. Recent numbers of young fish coming into the population have been above average and five-year projections point to all three stocks growing slowly at current catch levels if this continues.

The North of the South Island snapper stock has shown a marked increase in recruitment since 2007, leading to a large increase in catch rates over the last two years.

This is the first time a fisheries assessment has been conducted for Southland blue cod, and it indicates the fishery is performing well and the stock is optimally-utilised.

For South of the South Island paua, the stock appears to be bouncing back and pointing towards its management target, although there is uncertainty about the level of the stock and the rate of rebuild.

The East Coast North Island scampi population on the lower half of the east coast North Island is now well above its management target.

By the end of June, MPI said it will offer management options for public consultation for several fish stocks with new scientific assessments.

By Natalia Real