Fisheries New Zealand seeks feedback on the Southern Squid Trawl Fishery (SQU 6T) Operational Plan and sea lion protection.
The operational plan sets out the measures in place in the Squid 6T fishery to manage the interaction between fishing activity and sea lions around the Auckland Islands. The plan sets out a range of measures to avoid, remedy, or mitigate the effect of fishing-related deaths on the New Zealand sea lion population.
The options for management measures include proposals on the:
- maximum number of sea lion captures (observed and estimated) that can occur in the fishery before it is closed
- proportion of fishing trips that are required to have a government observer on board
- duration of the operational plan.
The consultation closes on the 31st of July 2023.
For more information see the Fisheries New Zealand website.