The 2016 Kaikōura earthquake had massive impacts on pāua populations, resulting in the 4-year closure of the local pāua fishery. Surveys were undertaken over the last four years to monitor pāua population recovery. Increases in adult pāua abundance and post-earthquake recruitment were observed across the fishery. These findings supported the Minster’s decision to re-open the fishery for 3 months on the 1st of December 2021 and ongoing monitoring will assist future management decisions.
FAR 2022/15 Pāua abundance trends and population monitoring in areas affected by the November 2016 Kaikōura earthquake, December 2021 update
Report - Fisheries Assessment Report (FAR)