Southern Blue Whiting Third MSC Surveillance Audit 2015

SBW6B, SBW6I & SBW6R are currently certified sustainable through the Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard.

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Principle 1

"A fishery must be conducted in a manner that does not lead to over-fishing or depletion of the exploited populations and, for those populations that are depleted, the fishery must be conducted in a manner that demonstrably leads to their recovery."

The intent of this principle is to ensure that the productive capacities of the resources are maintained at high levels and are not sacrificed in favour of short term interests.

Cordue, P. (2015). A Management Strategy Evaluation for Campbell Island Rise southern blue whiting. ISL: Wellington

Dunn, A. & Hanchet, S. (2015a). Review and summary of the time series of input data available for the assessment of southern blue whiting (Micromesistius australis) stocks up to and including the 2013 season (New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2015/56)

Dunn, A. & Hanchet, S. (2015b). Southern blue whiting (Micromesistius australis) stock assessment for the Bounty Platform up to, and including, the 2011 season (New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2015/55)

MPI (2015a). Annual Operational Plan for Deepwater Fisheries for 2015/16

MPI (2015b). Annual Review Report for Deepwater Fisheries for 2013/14 (MPI Technical Paper No: 2015/07)

MPI (2015c). Review of sustainability controls for southern blue whiting (SBW 6I). MPI Discussion Paper No: 2014/11

MPI (2015q). Review of sustainability controls for the Bounty Platform southern blue whiting fishery (SBW6B): Consultation Document for the TAC, TACC, Allowance and Deemed Values for SBW6B (MPI Discussion Paper No. 2015/06). MPI: Wellington

MPI (2015d). Review of sustainability controls for the Bounty Platform southern blue whiting fishery (SBW 6B). MPI Decision Document No: 2015/01

MPI (2015e). Southern Blue Whiting (SBW). Fisheries Assessment Plenary May 2015: Stock Assessment and Stock Status

MPI (2015f). Fisheries Sustainability measures for 1 April 2015 (Decision Letter). MPI: Wellington

O'Driscoll (2015). Acoustic biomass estimates of southern blue whiting on the Bounty Platform in 2014 (New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2015/02).

O'Driscoll, R.L. et al. (2015). Acoustic biomass estimates of southern blue whiting on the Bounty Platform in 2013 (New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2015/01)

Stevens, D.W. et al. (2015). Trawl survey of hoki and middle-depth species on the Chatham Rise, January 2014 (TAN1401) (New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2015/19)

Principle 2

"Fishing operations should allow for the maintenance of the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem (including habitat and associated dependent and ecologically related species) on which the fishery depends."

The intent of this principle is to encourage management of fisheries from an ecosystem perspective under a system designed to restrain the impacts of the fishery on the ecosystem.

Abraham E. R., Thompson F. N. (2014a). Captures of all birds in southern blue whiting trawl fisheries, in the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone, during the 2012–13 fishing year. https://data.dragonfly.co.nz/psc/v20140201/birds/southern-blue-whiting-trawl/all-vessels/eez/2012-13/, version dated 7 August 2015

Abraham E. R., Thompson F. N. (2014b). Captures of New Zealand sea lion in southern blue whiting trawl fisheries, in the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone, during the 2012–13 fishing year. https://data.dragonfly.co.nz/psc/v20140201/new-zealand-sea-lion/southern-blue-whiting-trawl/all-vessels/eez/2012-13/, version dated 7 August 2015

Abraham E. R., Thompson F. N. (2014c). Captures of New Zealand fur seal in southern blue whiting trawl fisheries, in the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone, during the 2012–13 fishing year. https://data.dragonfly.co.nz/psc/v20140201/new-zealand-fur-seal/southern-blue-whiting-trawl/all-vessels/eez/2012-13/, version dated 7 August 2015

Bagley, N.W.; O’Driscoll, R.L.; Oeffner, J. (2014). Trawl survey of hoki and middle-depth species in the Southland and Sub-Antarctic areas, November–December 2012 (TAN1215) (New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2014/12)

Baker, G.B. Jensz, K., & Cunnigham, R. (2014). White-capped albatross aerial survey 2014. Report prepared for DOC. Wellington: Latitude42 Environmental Consultants Pty

Baker, G.B. Jensz, K., & Sagar, P. (2014). 2013 Aerial survey of Salvin's albatross at the Bounty Islands. Report prepared for DOC

Black, J.; Wood, R. (2014). Analysis of New Zealand’s Trawl Grounds for Key Middle depths and Deepwater Tier 1 Fisheries (New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 122)

Clemens-Seely, K. (2014). Conservation Services Programme Annual Research Summary 2013-14. DOC: Wellington

DOC (2015). Draft Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2015/16

DOC (2014). Summary report on Southern Buller's Albatross. DWG: Auckland

DWG (2015c). Notice to SBW Campbell Operators. DWG: Auckland

DWG (2015d). Vessel Management Plan: Vessel Specific Procedures for Mitigating Incidental Capture of Seabirds - Trawlers > 28 m LOA. DWG: Auckland

DWG (2015e). Re: MPI Operational Plan and DWG Requirements for SBW Campbell Fishery 2015 (Electronic mailing list message)

Supplementary Information for DWG (2015e):

 

DWG (2014a). Sharks Operational Procedures (DWG Operational Procedures). DWG: Auckland

DWG (2014c). Vessel Management Plan Operational Procedures. DWG: Nelson

Ford et al. (2015). Qualitative (Level 1) Risk Assessment of the impact of commercial fishing on New Zealand Chondrichthyans. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 157. MPI: Wellington

Morrison, M.A. et al. (2014). Linking marine fisheries species to biogenic habitats in New Zealand: a review and synthesis of knowledge (New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 130)

MPI (2015g). Conservation and management of New Zealand Sharks (MPI Factsheet 1/4)

MPI (2015h). Landing sharks with fins attached (MPI Factsheet 2/4)

MPI (2015i). Landing shark fins subject to a ration (MPI Factsheet 3/4)

MPI (2015j). Requirements for returning sharks to the sea (Schedule 6) (MPI Factsheet 4/4)

MPI (2015k). Annual Operational Plan for Deepwater Fisheries for 2015/16

MPI (2015l). Further context for the implementation of the NPOA Seabirds by Deepwater Fisheries Management (Annual Operational Plan for Deepwater Fisheries for 2015/16)

MPI (2015m). May Plenary Stock Assessments and Stock Status Volume 3 Red Gurnard to Yellow-eyed Mullet (Fisheries Assessment Plenary) MPI: Wellington

MPI (2015n). Operational Plan to Manage the Incidental Capture of New Zealand Sea Lions in the 2015 Southern Blue Whiting Fishery at Campbell Island (SBW6I)

MPI (2014a). Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Annual Review (AEBAR 2014)

MPI (2014b). Fish and invertebrate bycatch in New Zealand deepwater fisheries from 1990-91 until 2011-12 (Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 139). MPI: Wellington

MPI (2013a). National Plan 2013 to reduce the incidental catch of seabirds in New Zealand Fisheries

MPI (2013b). National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks

NIWA (2014a). Population Studies of Southern Buller's Albatrosses on the Snares. Prepared for DOC, MPI and DWG

NIWA (2014b). Salvin's albatross population size and survival at the Snares Western Chain. Prepared for DOC. Wellington: NIWA

NIWA (2014c). Salvin's albatrosses at the Bounty Islands: at-sea distribution. Prepared for DOC

Opresko, D. Tracey, D. & Mackay, E. (2014). Antipatharia (Black Corals) for the New Zealand Region (Aquatic Environment Biodiversity Report No. 131)

Ramm (2012). Conservation Services Programme Observer Report: 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011. Department of Conservation: Wellington

Richard, Y. & Abraham, E.R. (2013). Risk of commercial fisheries to New Zealand seabird populations (New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 109). MPI: Wellington

Stevens, D.W. et al. (2015). Trawl survey of hoki and middle-depth species on the Chatham Rise, January 2014 (TAN1401) (New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2015/19)

Thompson, F.N. et al. (2015). Reported New Zealand sea lion (Phocarctos hookeri) captures in commercial trawl fisheries, 1991–92 to 2012–13(New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report 145)

Principle 3

"The fishery is subject to an effective management system that respects local, national and international laws and standards and incorporates institutional and operational frameworks that require use of the resource to be responsible and sustainable."

The intent of this principle is to ensure that there is an institutional and operational framework for implementing Principles 1 and 2, appropriate to the size and scare of the fishery.

Clemens-Seely, K. (2014). Conservation Services Programme Annual Research Summary 2013-14. DOC: Wellington

DWG (2015, April 2). Re: Updated briefing memo to vessels and operators regarding hoki, southern blue whiting compliance risk management (Electronic mailing list).

Supplementary Information for DWG (2015, April 2):

 

DOC (2015). Draft Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2015/16

DWG (2014a). Sharks Operational Procedures (DWG Operational Procedures). DWG: Auckland

DWG (2014d). Reporting Operational Procedures

DWG (2015f). Memo to Directors, Shareholders & Vessel Operators: DWG Operational Procedures & MPI Management Requirements for 2015-16. DWG: Auckland

DWG (2015g). Memo to Vessels and Skippers: DWG Operational Procedures & MPI Management Requirements for 2015-16. DWG: Auckland

MPI (2015g). Conservation and management of New Zealand Sharks (MPI Factsheet 1/4)

MPI (2015h). Landing sharks with fins attached (MPI Factsheet 2/4)

MPI (2015i). Landing shark fins subject to a ration (MPI Factsheet 3/4)

MPI (2015j). Requirements for returning sharks to the sea (Schedule 6) (MPI Factsheet 4/4)

MPI (2015a). Annual Operational Plan for Deepwater Fisheries for 2015/16

MPI (2015b). Annual Review Report for Deepwater Fisheries for 2013/14 (MPI Technical Paper No: 2015/07)

MPI (2015m). May Plenary Stock Assessments and Stock Status Volume 3 Red Gurnard to Yellow-eyed Mullet (Fisheries Assessment Plenary) MPI: Wellington

MPI (2015c). Review of sustainability controls for southern blue whiting (SBW 6I). MPI Discussion Paper No: 2014/11

MPI (2015d). Review of sustainability controls for the Bounty Platform southern blue whiting fishery (SBW 6I). MPI Decision Document No: 2015/01

MPI (2015p). Summary of 2015 Southern Blue Whiting Operational Plan.

MPI (2015f). Fisheries Sustainability measures for 1 April 2015 (Decision Letter). MPI: Wellington

MPI (2015q). Re: Update on personnel arrangements at the Ministry for Primary Industries for 2015 MSC Surveillance Audits for hoki, hake, ling, and southern blue whiting (Letter to CAB). MPI: Wellington

Ramm (2012). Conservation Services Programme Observer Report: 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011. Department of Conservation: Wellington

Surveillance Report

You can read the final surveillance report here.