In 2013, the Guardians recommended that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) consider reopening the recreational blue cod fisheries in Milford and Doubtful Sounds. This recommendation has been carried through MPI’s annual fisheries planning processes, and prioritised for the 1 April 2015 regulatory round. Keep an eye out for the initial position paper (IPP), which will be released for consultation later this year. The IPP will outline options for this fishery, including a potential reopening.
All stakeholders are welcome, and encouraged, to consider the proposals in the IPP and write a submission to MPI. Points raised in submissions will be included in the final advice for the Minister for Primary Industries (the Minister). MPI has a target for the Minister’s decision on this fishery to be made in time in time for any potential changes to be implemented by 1 April 2015.
Jenny Oliver, MPI, Wellington