Media release from LegaSea


LegaSea

Seventy percent of New Zealanders want the commercial fishing quota for tarakihi cut dramatically to help the country’s fish and chips favourite to recover, a new survey has revealed.

The survey conducted by Horizon Research for LegaSea, a not-for-profit organisation raising awareness of issues affecting the marine environment, found 70% want a cut of between 40% and 60% to help tarakihi stocks replenish and become more plentiful.

This is in contrast to Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash’s latest decision to cut commercial catch limits by just 10% even in light of latest research showing East Coast stocks of tarakihi have now been fished down to 15.9% of their original levels.

“The survey shows confidence in fisheries management from the public is very low. Only 8 per cent of New Zealanders support the Minister’s decision for a 10 per cent reduction of tarakihi catch,” said LegaSea spokesman Scott Macindoe.

“At that rate it could take 20 years for the tarakihi fishery on the East Coast of New Zealand to recover, and even that’s not guaranteed,” says Macindoe.

“After 33 years of the Quota Management System we have the tarakihi stock on the east coast of the North and South Islands that is sitting at just 15.9% of its original estimated stock size. An overwhelming majority of New Zealanders consider that a sustainable, healthy fishery ought to be managed so at least 50% of the original stock remains in the sea.”

Tarakihi biomass

LegaSea spokesman Scott Macindoe

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What next?

LegaSea will be doing all it can to keep the pressure on the minister to trigger a change in policy and to the Quota Management System. We’re sick of these decisions going against the future of our fisheries and the marine environment. We want change.

Visit legasea.co.nz to find out how you can support us.

You also help by sharing this information with friends and family, and emailing Stuart Nash, the Minister of Fisheries or contacting your local MP.