Fine Scale Management

FSM

Fine scale management of paua fisheries is seen as vital as it is the only way to increase productivity / utilisation while at the same time ensuring sustainability.

Fine scale management could include a range of fisheries management tools such as Reseeding, Translocation, Fish downs, Variable Size Limits, Spreading Catch effort and improved Harvesting practices.

PICL are involved in a project that is having a closer look at comparing fine scale management options on Stewart Island. The project is looking at reseeding vs closed areas vs increasing the minimum size limit vs fishing as normal.

The key to fine scale management is the collection of data at a fine scale so that decisions can be made at the same scale fishing is taking place. Having high resolution data also allows for fine scale management practices to be quantified and monitored.