STOCKS of Hoki, New Zealand’s most important commercial fish stock are at their highest levels this century on both the east and west coasts, , according to the latest research assessments from the country’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).
The country reports that there are no sustainability issues with its all important fishing sector.
The report shows ninety seven percent of scientifically evaluated landings were from stocks above or well above sustainable levels, Seafood New Zealand chief executive Tim Pankhurst said. “The figures show that New Zealand continues to be a world leader in fisheries management,” he maintained. .
The information from the stocks report is gathered through a series of Fisheries Assessment Working Group meetings that are open to the public.
During the meetings, the MPI evaluated presentations that combine scientific research with catch and effort reports, data from the on-board observer programme, and other information used to produce fish stock assessments. “The main conclusion from these results is that by far the majority of New Zealand’s fisheries are performing well,” says the report.
Recent stock assessments also highlight how sensible and sustainable management can have lasting benefits for our fisheries, Pankhurst said.“From 2001-2007 there was substantial reductions in hoki quotas.
“Due to this sensible management, both east and west hoki stocks have increased annually over the past eight years and are now the highest they have been this century.”
The study says that while there may be overfishing in a very few areas, the main conclusion from these results is that by far the majority of New Zealand’s fisheries are performing well.