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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"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.
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 (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
"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)
Supplementary Information for DWG (2015e):
- DWG (2015a). SBW Fishery Protected Species Interactions & Mitigation 2015-16 (Briefing Paper). DWG: Auckland
- DWG (2015b). Memo to Vessel Operators and Skippers: Sea Lion Risk Management Actions SBW Campbell 2015-16. DWG: Auckland
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)
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)
"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.
Supplementary Information for DWG (2015, April 2):
- MPI (2015o). Risk Management and Compliance for the Hoki & Southern Blue Whiting Fisheries. 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
You can read the final surveillance report here.