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Interest in lobster survey


On November 30, 2020 a public notice was advised for locals to know about a fishery that is in serious decline.

The notice in The Gisborne Herald said:

“Lobster Abundance Survey

During the week commencing Monday, 30th November, independent technicians will be carrying out research on the abundance level of lobster between the Gisborne Port and Makorori Beach. All lobsters measured and counted will be returned to the sea.

— Tairawhiti Rock Lobster Industry Association Inc”

It is important and democratic that the results of this survey are published in their raw, independent state — before they can be manipulated by the National Rock Lobster Management Group.

This group has achieved zero for our people regarding the unfair inequity that has raged for almost 30 years, since 1993.

The public, in huge numbers, have signed up against this dictatorship.

We trust our editor will see the NZ Recreational Fishing Council's point of view as well as that of Greenpeace NZ, and the Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club of 5200 members. All fishing clubs are unanimous on this.

I note that in the US state of New Hampshire, its fishing fleet extracts 70 tonnes of crabs per annum. In comparison, locally commercial fishers have been taking up to 327 tonnes of rock lobsters from CRA3 — many of them small “concession” or “undersized” lobsters that the recreational public are not allowed to catch legally.


NZ Recreational Fishing Council, Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club life member

  1. Dave says:

    Alain, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realise that the crayfish stocks for recreational fishers are in a bad way. I have been camping, as I have done for many years. It was one of the worst years that we have seen. The quota system is not working. Most of the crayfish we caught were takeable by commercial fishers but too small for us to take. Time to remove this anomaly.