Southern Blue Whiting

Trawl Fishery

Surveillance Audit 2021

Southern Blue Whiting Trawl Fishery Surveillance Audit 2021

The SBW 6B and SBW 6I trawl fisheries have been MSC certified since 2012 and passed their annual audit 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. 

Doonan, I.J. (2017). Evaluation of a simple harvest control rule for the Bounty southern blue whiting management area (SBW6B). New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2017/52. 14 p.

Doonan, I J (2018). Objective 2: To apply the agreed harvest control rule to SBW6B, 2018. Final Research Report, unpublished manuscript held by FNZ. 2 p.

Doonan, I. (2020). Southern blue whiting (Micromesistius australis) stock assessment for the Campbell Island Rise for data up to 2018-19. New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2020/43. 20 p.  

DWG (2021). Briefing note to DWG Directors – Update on SBW 6B Bounty Stock Status. 3 p. 

FNZ (2019) Minister's Decision Letter Review of Sustainability Measures 1 April 2019

FNZ (2020) Fisheries Assessment Plenary May 2020. Stock Assessments and Stock Status Vol. 3: Pipi to Yellow-eyed Mullet. Southern blue whiting pp.1495-1522.  

Ladroit,Y., O’Driscoll, R.L. and Large, K. (2020). Acoustic estimates of southern blue whiting from the Campbell Island Rise, August-September 2019 (TAN1905).    New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2020/26. 56 p. 

Large, K. (2021). 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 2019 season. New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2021/14. 77 p.  

Large et al (In press) Summary of Data for use in SBW Stock Assessments to 2020

MPI (2020). Review of Sustainability Measures for selected stocks for 1 April 2020. Fisheries New Zealand Decision Paper. Fisheries New Zealand Information Paper 2020/03.  Southern Blue Whiting (SBW 6B). pp. 21-29. 

MPI (2020a). Minister’s Decision Letter. Changes to fisheries sustainability measures for 1 April 2020.  

O’Driscoll, R.L. (2018). Acoustic biomass estimates of southern blue whiting on the Bounty Plateau in 2017. New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2018/11.  28 p. 

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. & Mules, R. (2020). Extent of bottom contact by commercial trawling and dredging in New Zealand waters, 1989–90 to 2018–19. New Zealand Draft Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No.XX. 157 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. 

Cleal, J. (2019). Deepwater Group Environmental Liaison Officer (ELO) Report 2018/19. 10 p. 

Cleal, J. (2020). Deepwater Group Environmental Liaison Officer (ELO) Report for the 2019-20 Fishing Year. 7 p. 

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

DOC (2019). Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2019/20. DOC: Wellington. 86 p. 

DOC (2020). Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2020/21. DOC: Wellington. 61 p.  

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

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

DWG (2020). Notice for Vessels and Skippers: Sea Lion Risk Management Actions SBW 6I – Campbell Island (2020). Deepwater Group Ltd. 1 p. 

DWG (2021). Operational Procedures.  

Finucci, B., Stephenson, F., Petersen, G., Francis, M. and Pinkerton, M. (2020). Exploring the drivers of spatial distributions of basking sharks in New Zealand waters. POP2020-03 final report for the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation. Prepared by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), 50 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 (2019). National Fisheries Plan for Deepwater and Middle-depth Fisheries 2019. Fisheries New Zealand Technical Paper No: 2019/03. 34 p.  

FNZ (2020). Performance of the 2019 Southern Blue Whiting Fishery and Compliance with the SBW6I Operational Plan. Report prepared by Deep Water Management team, Fisheries New Zealand, 3 p. 

FNZ (2020a). 2020 Operational Plan to Manage the Incidental Capture of New Zealand Sea Lions in the Southern Blue Whiting Fishery, Campbell Island (SBW6I). v1.1. Fisheries New Zealand. 8 p.   

FNZ (2020b). National Plan of Action – Seabirds 2020. Reducing the incidental mortality of seabirds in fisheries. 21 p.  

FNZ (2020c). National Plan of Action – Seabirds 2020. Implementation Plan. 13 p. 

FNZ (2020d). National Plan of Action – Seabirds 2020. Supporting Document. 49 p.  

FNZ (2020e). National Plan of Action – Seabirds 2020. 2018/19 Report. Fisheries New Zealand Information Paper No: 2020/08. 67 p.

FNZ (2020f). Fisheries Assessment Plenary May 2020. Stock Assessments and Stock Status Vol. 3: Pipi to Yellow-eyed Mullet. Southern blue whiting pp.1495-1522.  

FNZ (2020g). Annual Operational Plan for Deepwater Fisheries 2020/21. Fisheries New Zealand Technical Paper No: 2020/04. 47 p.  

FNZ (2020h). Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Annual Report 2019-20. Chapter 8: Seabirds. Pp. 213-316.  

FNZ (2021). Performance of the 2020 Southern Blue Whiting Fishery and Compliance with the SBW6I Operational Plan. Report prepared by Deep Water Management team, Fisheries New Zealand, 3 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.

Melidonis, M.C. & Childerhouse, S. (2020). New Zealand Sea Lion (Rāpoka) Monitoring on the Auckland Islands for the 2019/20 Season: Field Research Report. Prepared for the Department of Conservation (DOC). 23p. https://www.doc.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/conservation/marine-and-coastal/marine-conservation-services/reports/nz-sea-lions/fieldwork-reports/report2020-nzsl-pop-auckland-island.pdf

Rexer-Huber K., Parker G.C. 2020. Bounty Islands drone trials: feasibility for population assessment of NZ fur seal. Final report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation. Parker Conservation, Dunedin. 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 (2019). FNZ-Deepwater Operator’s Meeting Summary and Action Points Dec19. 2 p. 

DWG (2020). FNZ-Deepwater Operator’s Meeting Agenda Jun20. 1 p. 

DWG (2021). Operational Procedures.  

FNZ (2019). National Fisheries Plan for Deepwater and Middle-depth Fisheries 2019. Fisheries New Zealand Technical Paper No: 2019/03. 34 p.  

FNZ (2019a). Protected Fish Species Reporting Requirements for Non-Fish/Protected Species. Fisheries Management Fact Sheet 5. 3 p. 

FNZ (2020). National Plan of Action – Seabirds 2020. Reducing the incidental mortality of seabirds in fisheries. 21 p.  

FNZ (2020a). Annual Operational Plan for Deepwater Fisheries 2020/21. Fisheries New Zealand Technical Paper No: 2020/04. 47 p.  

FNZ (2020b). Annual Review Report for Deepwater Fisheries 2018/19. Fisheries New Zealand Discussion Paper No: 2020/01. 95 + 19 p.  

FNZ (2020c). Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Annual Review 2019-20. Compiled by the Aquatic Environment Team, Fisheries Science Information, Fisheries New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand. 765 p.  

FNZ (2020d). Medium Term Research Plan for Deepwater Fisheries 2020/21 – 2024/25. Fisheries New Zealand Information Paper No: 2020/01. 21 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. 

IQANZ (2018). Deepwater Fisheries Management Independent Quality Assurance Review Report. Prepared for Ministry for Primary Industries by Independent Quality Assurance New Zealand (IQANZ). 13 p.  

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

MFish (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.  

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 for the Conservation and Management of Sharks. 32 p.  

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

MPI (2019a). Risk Management and Compliance HOK and SBW. Ministry for Primary Industries memo to deepwater operators, June 2019. 2 p. 

MPI (2020). Risk Management and Compliance HOK and SBW. Ministry for Primary Industries memo to deepwater operators, June 2020. 2 p. 

Surveillance Report

The final surveillance report will be uploaded here when available.