Southern Blue Whiting Trawl Fishery Re-assessment 2017
The SBW6B, SBW6I and SBW6R trawl fisheries have been MSC certified since 2012 and were re-assessed in 2017.
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.
Here you can find a summary of the key information from these references.
"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.M. (2015). Southern blue whiting (Micromesistius australis) stock assessment for the Campbell Island Rise for 2013 with revised target strength acoustic biomass estimates. New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2015/80. 23 p.
Dunn, A. & Hanchet, S.M. (2016). 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 2015 season. New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2016/43. 43 p.
"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.
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
Fu, D. & Sagar, P. (2016). The 2014 demographic assessment of the Snares Islands population of Southern Buller’s albatross (Diomedea bulleri bulleri). New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 165. 40 p.
Richard, Y. & Abraham, E.R. (2015a). Assessment of the risk of commercial fisheries to New Zealand seabirds, 2006–07 to 2012–13: Supplementary information. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report 162.
Sagar, P.M., Amey, J., Scofield, R.P. & Roberston, C.J.R. (2015). Population trends, timing of breeding and survival of Salvin’s albatross (Thalassarche salvini) at proclamation Island, Bounty Islands, New Zealand. Notornis Vol 62:21-29
"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.
Additional documents from site visit July 2017
Acoura Marine's Final Report dated August 2018 is available here.