Southern Blue Whiting Trawl Fishery Surveillance Audit 2019

The SBW 6B, SBW 6I and SBW 6R trawl fisheries have been MSC certified since 2012 and are undergoing re-assessment in 2019.

DWG undertakes to make all non-confidential information that is provided to the Conformance Assessment Body publicly available on this webpage to ensure all documents are easily accessible by all participants.

A summary of the key information from these references can be found in the Situation Report.

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.

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.

Baird, S.J.; Wood, B.A. (2018). Extent of bottom contact by New Zealand commercial trawl fishing for deepwater Tier 1 and Tier 2 target fish stocks, 1989–90 to 2015–16.

Baker, C.S.; Chilvers, B.L.; Childerhouse, S.; Constantine, R.; Currey, R.; Mattlin, R.; van Helden, A.; Hitchmough, R.; Rolfe, J. (2016) Conservation status of New Zealand marine mammals, 2013. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 14. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 18 p. 

Baker, B., Jensz, K. (2019). 2018 aerial survey of Salvin's albatross at the Bounty Islands. Final report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation. Latitude 42, Australia. 11 p. 

Baker, C.S., Boren, L., Childerhouse, S., Constantine, R., van Helden, A., Lundquist, D., Rayment W., Rolfe, J.R. (2019). Conservation status of New Zealand marine mammals, 2019. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 29. 18 p.  

Bell, E.A. 2013 [updated 2018]. Grey petrel. In Miskelly, C.M. (ed.) New Zealand Birds Online. 

DOC (2009). Mitigating incidental captures of fur seals in trawl fisheries. Project MIT2006/09.

DOC (2016). New Zealand fur seal population estimation. 

DOC (2017). New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka Threat Management Plan 2017 – 2022. 17 p. 

DOC (2017a). Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2017/18. DOC: Wellington

DOC (2019). Bounty Islands. 

Dragonfly (2019). Protected species bycatch 2002-03 to 2017-18. 

DWG (2018). Deepwater Trawl Vessel Management Plan (VMP): Vessel Specific Procedures for Mitigating Seabird and Mammal Captures for Trawlers. Version 6.0. 1 p.

DWG (2019). Operational Plan to Manage the Incidental Capture of New Zealand Sea Lions in the Southern Blue Whiting Fishery, Campbell Island (SBW 6I). 8 p. 

DWG (2019a). Notice for Vessels and Skippers: Sea Lion Risk Management Actions SBW 6I – Campbell Island (2019). Deepwater Group Ltd. 1 p.

DWG (2019b). Environmental Liaison Officer’s report – Environmental Training and Liaison for Deepwater Fishing Crew: 2017-18 Report. 5 p.

DWG (2019c). Deepwater Trawl Marine Mammals Operational Procedures. Version 9.0. 23 p. 

DWG (2019d). Deepwater Trawl Sharks Operational Procedures. Version 2.0. 19 p.

Finucci, B., Edwards, C.T.T., Anderson, O.F. & Ballara, S.L. (2019). Fish and invertebrate bycatch in New Zealand deepwater fisheries from 1990-91 until 2016-17. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 210. 77 p. 

FNZ (2018). Annual Operational Plan for Deepwater Fisheries 2018/19. Fisheries New Zealand Technical Paper No: 2018/07. 42 p.  

FNZ (2019) Fisheries Assessment Plenary May 2019. Stock Assessments and Stock Status Vol. 3: Pipi to Yellow-eyed Mullet. Southern blue whiting pp.1401-1427.  

FNZ (2019a). Operational Plan to Manage the Incidental Capture of New Zealand Sea Lions in the Southern Blue Whiting Fishery, Campbell Island (SBW 6I). 8 p.

FNZ (2019b). Performance of the 2018 Southern Blue Whiting Fishery and Compliance with the SBW6I Operational Plan. Report prepared by Deep Water Management team, Fisheries New Zealand, October 2019. 2 p.

Francis, M. (2017). Review of commercial fishery interactions and population information for New Zealand basking shark. Prepared for Department of Conservation. 44 p.

Helson, J., Leslie, S., Clement, G., Wells, R. and Wood, R. (2010). Private rights, public benefits: Industry-driven seabed protection. Marine Policy 34, 557–566.

Richard, Y., Abraham, E. R., & Berkenbusch, K. (2017). Assessment of the risk of commercial fisheries to New Zealand seabirds, 2006–07 to 2014–15. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 191. 133 p.

Roberts, J. & Doonan, I. (2016). Quantitative Risk Assessment of Threats to New Zealand Sea Lions. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 166. 111 p. 

Sagar, P., Charteris, M., Parker, G., Rexer-Huber, K. & Thompson, D. (2018). Salvin's albatross: Bounty Islands population project. Final report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation, prepared by NIWA. 18 p. 

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 scale of the fishery.

DWG (2018). Deepwater Trawl Vessel Management Plan (VMP): Vessel Specific Procedures for Mitigating Seabird and Mammal Captures for Trawlers. Version 6.0. 1 p.

DWG (2019). Operational Plan to Manage the Incidental Capture of New Zealand Sea Lions in the Southern Blue Whiting Fishery, Campbell Island (SBW 6I). 8 p.  

DWG (2019a). Deepwater Trawl Marine Mammals Operational Procedures. Version 9.0. 23 p. 

DWG (2019b). Deepwater Trawl Seabirds Operational Procedures. Version 6.0. 25 p.

DWG (2019c). Deepwater Trawl Reporting Operational Procedures. Version 3.0. 10 p.

DWG (2019d). Deepwater Trawl Sharks Operational Procedures. Version 2.0. 19 p.

DWG (2019e). Notice for vessels and skippers: Sea Lion Risk Management Actions SBW 6I – Campbell Island (2019). 1 p.

DWG (2019f). Deepwater Trawl Vessel Management Plan (VMP) Vessel Specific Procedures for Mitigating Seabird and Mammal Captures for Trawlers.

DWG (2019g). Environmental Risks and Operational Procedures.  DW Operators Meeting – Nelson 5 March 2019. PowerPoint presentation prepared by Deepwater Group Ltd.

FNZ (2018). Annual Operational Plan for Deepwater Fisheries 2018/19. Fisheries New Zealand Technical Paper No: 2018/07. 42 p.

FNZ (2019a). Operational Plan to Manage the Incidental Capture of New Zealand Sea Lions in the Southern Blue Whiting Fishery, Campbell Island (SBW 6I). 8 p.

FNZ (2019b). Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Annual Review 2018.  Compiled by the Fisheries Science Team, Ministry for Primary Industries, Wellington New Zealand. 704 p.

FNZ (2019c). Annual Review Report for Deepwater Fisheries 2017/18.  Fisheries New Zealand Information Paper No: 2019/01. 112 p.

FNZ (2019d). National Fisheries Plan for Deepwater and Middle-depth Fisheries 2019. Fisheries New Zealand Technical Paper No: 2019/03. 32 p. 

FNZ (2019f). Annual Operational Plan for Deepwater Fisheries for 2019/20. FNZ Technical Paper No: 2019/05. MPI: Wellington. 41 p.

FNZ (2019g). Risk Management and Compliance for the Hoki and SBW Fisheries. Report prepared by MPI Compliance for Fisheries New Zealand. 2 p.

FNZ (2019h). Performance of the 2018 Southern Blue Whiting Fishery and Compliance with the SBW6I Operational Plan. Report prepared by Deep Water Management team, Fisheries New Zealand, October 2019. 2 p.

Ministry of Fisheries (2009). Fisheries 2030: New Zealanders maximising the benefits from the use of fisheries within environmental limits. Author: Wellington.

Ministry of Fisheries (2011). Research and Science Information Standard for New Zealand Fisheries. Ministry of Fisheries, April 2011. 31 p.  

MPI (2008). Harvest Strategy Standard for New Zealand Fisheries. Ministry for Primary Industries. 25 p. October 2008.

MPI (2010). Memorandum of Understanding: Continuing a partnership between the Ministry of Fisheries and the deepwater fishing industry for the management of New Zealand’s deepwater fisheries. 12 p.

MPI (2011). Southern Blue Whiting: National Deepwater Fisheries Plan. 50 p.

MPI (2013). National Plan of Action to reduce the incidental catch of seabirds in New Zealand Fisheries. 59 p.

MPI (2016). Operational Plan to Manage the Incidental Capture of New Zealand Sea Lions in the 2016 Southern Blue Whiting Fishery at Campbell Island (SBW6I). 6 p.

MPI (2017). Medium Term Research Plan for Deepwater Fisheries 2018/19 – 2022/23. MPI Information Paper No: 2017/11. 21 p. 

MPI (2019). Fisheries Compliance: DW Operators Meeting – Nelson 5 March 2019. PowerPoint presentation prepared by Ministry for Primary Industries.

Surveillance Report

This report will be published when it becomes available.