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The New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen, "The Fed", is a national body that represents the interests of owner-operator commercial fishermen in New Zealand. The Federation represents members' interests at national, regional and local association levels and, where appropriate, on an individual basis. Members have been at the forefront of promoting the 'New Zealandisation' of the New Zealand Fishing Industry and as such they have increasingly invested in larger and more modern vessels which have assisted in providing more jobs for New Zealanders both afloat and ashore.
Fisheries New Zealand invites people to have their say on a number of proposed changes to the blue cod fishing regulations. These changes were identified as a priority through the development of the National Blue Cod Strategy, which was endorsed by the Minister of Fisheries, Hon Stuart Nash, in December last year.
Manager of inshore fisheries Steve Halley says it’s important that anyone with an interest in the fishery has a chance to have their say on the proposed changes.
“The strategy has been built on concerns about the depletion of local blue cod fisheries raised with us via public meetings and online surveys during 2018. Now we want people’s feedback on the first of the proposed rule changes driven by the strategy,” Mr Halley says.
“The changes have been developed in partnership with iwi, and a technical advisory group to ensure that the blue cod fishery is sustainable for future generations.
“Recommended changes that will apply only to recreational fishers include lowering daily bag limits in the South Island, introducing a 2-day accumulation limit, requiring blue cod to be landed in a measurable state, and standardising the Minimum Legal Size of landed blue cod to 33cm nationwide.
“We are also seeking feedback on introducing a minimum cod pot mesh size of 54mm for both recreational and commercial fishers.
“A ‘traffic light’ system that assigns different recreational daily bag limits to areas in the South Island, according to the health of blue cod populations, has also been proposed. This approach has been informed by science surveys and feedback that we received during the early engagement processes held to develop the National Blue Cod Strategy.
“Blue cod is a unique, iconic New Zealand species that is important to tangata whenua, commercial fishers, recreational fishers, and environmental groups. We look forward to receiving feedback on these proposed changes and continuing to work together to improve this important shared fishery.
”Consultation closes at 5pm on 26 March 2019 and a final decision on any regulatory changes will be publicised through a number of media channels later this year.
“As always, we encourage people to fish sustainably whether rules are changed or not. Consider fishing for a feed, not to fill the freezer,” says Mr Halley.read more...
Ocean temperatures are rising more rapidly than previously calculated, according to Princeton University geoscientist Laure Resplandy in a study published in Nature journal.
More than 90 percent of the excess energy trapped within the world’s atmosphere is absorbed by the oceans.
Scientists have found that ocean heat has increased at all depths since the 1960s, while surface waters have also warmed.
There was certainly evidence of that in our waters last summer to an unusual degree.
Parts of the Tasman sea were like a bath. Warmer water species like snapper and kingfish extended their range well south, as far as Fiordland and Southland.
In Australia, increasing drought on land (except in Melbourne on Cup day) is impacting on the oceans as well.
Catches of popular species like prawns, bream, swimmer crabs and mud crabs which spend part of their life in estuaries, which in turn rely on good rains and flushes of freshwater, are down in NSW.
“Drought and climate change also impact the ocean; it’s just not as visible when it’s at sea,” Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) chief executive Jane Lovell said.
The SIA has called on the Federal Government to extend financial support available to land-based farmers to wild catch fishers.
In the US, dramatic shifts in some species’ distribution are having a profound impact on livelihoods and cultures.
The summer flounder fishery in North Carolina has all but disappeared, not as a result of overfishing but of the fish moving north to cooler waters.
Long established fishing communities have become ghost towns as a result.
An epic dislocation appears to be under way.
In the US North Atlantic, at least 85 percent of the nearly 70 species tracked by federal authorities have shifted north or deeper, according to a Reuters analysis of fisheries data.
Striped bass have disappeared too from North Carolina but are now routinely found in Canadian waters, which was unheard of a generation ago.
So what to expect for our climate this summer?
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is predicting the slow emergence of a moderate to weak El Nino climate system, which could persist through autumn and even into the following year.
El Nino typically produces more rain in the west of the country, more westerly wind and drier conditions on the east coast. In winter, colder southerlies tend to prevail.
The last such pattern was in 2015-16.
Last year’s unprecedented marine heatwave is not expected to be repeated.
Even so, seas are up to a degree above average along our coastlines, with December ocean temperatures expected to be near where they would typically be in January.
Over the past month, sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific have warmed notably, increasing from 0.25C warmer than normal in September to 0.75C above normal.
Such fluctuations can have a marked impact on fish spawning and distribution.
NIWA has some powerful new tools to help assess climate changes in the form of three new supercomputers capable of assessing massive amounts of data in seconds.
A $23 million high performance computing facility was opened this week, with two supercomputers at NIWA in Wellington and a third at the University of Auckland.
Whether the fisheries management system is nimble enough to respond to ocean changes and possible resultant altered distribution of stocks is another matter.7:05 AM, 7 December 2018 | read more...
Do you know someone who loves to fish or would like to give fishing a go but has a disability that makes this difficult?
Commercial Fishermen's Associations nationwide have donated electric fishing reels in your region. Just contact the organisation listed as custodian for your region and get fishing!
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Rod and Reel Custodian Contact Details:
Auckland and Northland (Sponsored by Leigh Commercial Fishermen's Association)
Yet to be confirmed
Tauranga/Bay of Plenty (Sponsored by Bay of Plenty Fishermen's Association)
Tauranga Parafed Bay of Plenty
Contact Neil Cudby
Telephone (07) 574-1750
Taranaki (Sponsored by Taranaki Commercial Fishermen's Association)
Taranaki Disabilities Information Centre
Contact Brian Erikson
28 Young St, New Plymouth
Telephone (06) 759-0019
Nelson/Marlborough (Sponsored by Port Nelson and Golden Bay/Motueka Commercial Fishermen's Associations
CCS Disability Action Nelson Marlborough Branch
Contact: Barbara Gould
65 Trafalgar St
Telephone (03) 548-4479
Otago (Sponsored by Port Chalmers Commercial Fishermen's Cooperative)
CCS Disability Action Dunedin Branch
514 Great King St
Telephone (03) 479-6889
Canterbury (Sponsored by Lyttelton Commercial Fishermen's Association)
CCS Disability Action Christchurch Branch
220-224 Lichfield St
Telephone (03) 365-5661