Snapper survey may affect catch limits

The current pre-spawning abundance of snapper in Tasman Bay has brought fresh attention to this fishery, which is a prime focus for recreationalists and important to the commercial sector.

The assessment covers snapper area 7, which includes the top of the south and stretches from the Clarence River on the east coast to Jackson Bay in Westland.

In response to questions from Fairfax, the ministry's fisheries management team said the results would be available toward the middle of next year. They would then be assessed to see if any changes were needed.

"The process and timing of any management review has not yet been determined but if changes are required, MPI will engage with the community and fishing sector groups to identify options that achieve required fisheries management outcomes."

Last year Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced the total allowable catch in snapper 7 would remain at 306 tonnes, comprising a 200-tonne total allowable commercial catch, a 90-tonne recreational allowance and 16 tonnes for customary interests.

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