Paua Catch


Päua catch was at or under the TACC for all regions in 2003. The number of landings for the Northland/Auckland, Sub-Antarctic, and Kermadec areas were all zero for 2003.

Since the introduction of the QMS in 1996, the TACC and landings of päua have varied for some areas. Landings for the Northland/Auckland area remained well under the TACC, declining to zero in 2003. For the period 1996 to 2003, in the Canterbury region landings have been both above and below the TACC, finishing below the TACC in 2003. The landings for the Fiordland region steadily increased from 1996 to 2003, reaching the TACC in 2003. Since 1999, the TACC for Stewart Island has been lowered, to allow physical stocks to rebuild. As a voluntary measure to help with this rebuilding, quota holders have also not fished their entire quota. The Southland/Otago area has also undergone a reduction in TACC to combat declining stocks. The Nelson/Marlborough area is another region in the process of TACC reductions and voluntary quota lowering (by both commercial and recreational fishers) to rebuild stocks.

Information sourced from Statistics New Zealand.

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