Good fisheries management has yielded results for the economy and the environment, says New Zealand Seafood Industry Council chief executive Peter Bodeker
The comment comes after Wednesday’s changes to hoki and orange roughy catch limits, announced by the Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries.
“We`ve seen some increases in catch limits and some reductions. The good news from our point of view is that the Minister has used the best available science to set these limits, so we can be confident the changes will keep our fisheries sustainable,” Mr Bodeker said.
The Minister`s decision to reopen the orange roughy fishery on the Challenger Plateau, west of the south island, was “an irrefutable endorsement of the success of New Zealand`s fisheries management system”.
“Here we have a fishery which was closed for 10 years to let it rebuild that can now be sustainably reopened with a small commercial catch limit. It`s proof that even a long-lived species like orange roughy can recover if it is managed with a combination of caution and good scientific information.”
“Industry welcomes this reduction because sustainability is the bedrock of our business. The seafood industry contributes $1.4 billion to New Zealand`s economy and keeps more than 26,000 in work. We couldn`t do that if we didn`t look after the resource.”