Snapper plan accepted

By . Photography by Shaun Lee. 2016 december

A long-term plan for future management of the Bay of Plenty, Hauraki Gulf and eastern Northland snapper fishery was accepted by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy this month.

Created by the SNA1 Strategy Group, made up of members from the customary, recreational and commercial fishing sectors, the plan focusses on improving fishing practices, minimising waste and gathering accurate information.

Its recommendations include:

  • Aiming to achieve a biomass target of 40 per cent of the unfished state by 2040, with an aim of 30 per cent by 2025
  • A review conducted by 2021 with updated stock information
  • Educate all fishers on ways to avoid juvenile fish and increase survival rates of snapper released
  • Close monitoring including analysis of catch levels by all sectors.

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