Review of rock lobster sustainability measures for 1 April 2017

Closing Date:


Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback from tangata whenua and stakeholders on proposed changes to the sustainability measures for 3 rock lobster stocks. Details of the proposals are in the consultation document.

Background to consultation

Each year, MPI reviews catch limits and other management controls for selected stocks. This is consistent with the requirement that MPI ensures fisheries resources are used sustainably.

The proposals for each rock lobster stock have been assessed in the context of the relevant statutory requirements and the best available information, including the latest scientific information on the status of the stocks, and tangata whenua and stakeholder input.

The proposals are also based on recommendations from the National Rock Lobster Management Group (the Minister for Primary Industries' adviser on rock lobster management matters).

Consultation document

The stocks include:

  • Gisborne rock lobster (CRA 3)
  • Wellington/Hawkes Bay rock lobster (CRA 4)
  • Otago rock lobster (CRA 7)

If you can't open the document or would like printed copies, email

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the proposed changes by 5pm on 10 February 2017.


While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Inshore Fisheries Management
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation or a company)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address and email).

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available, unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA. Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include, it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.

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