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Submissions invited on proposed limits to tarakihi stocks

FISHERIES New Zealand is inviting people to have their say on proposed changes to catch limits and settings for tarakihi stocks on New Zealand's east coast.

Following a recent ruling in the High Court, further reductions to catch limits are proposed, to ensure a rebuild within a period appropriate to the stock.

All three proposals make further reductions to catch limits for the east coast tarakihi stocks (TAR 2, TAR 3 and the east portions of TAR 1 and TAR 7).

“Tarakihi is a popular fish and a favourite for many New Zealanders,” says Emma Taylor, Director Fisheries Management.

“The proposed reductions will further help the fishery to rebuild so it can continue to be enjoyed by future generations.

“This is an important fishery to a lot of communities, and we expect to receive a range of views from customary, recreational, and commercial fishing interests,” she says.

“We encourage anyone with an interest in this fishery to have their say.” People can make their submissions via the Fisheries NZ website. These must be in by 5pm on Monday, August 9.

Any changes would come into effect on October 1.