[10 June/ Stuff]

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has identified the need for a National Blue Cod Strategy to provide an overarching, consistent management framework to improve pressured fisheries and maintain and enhance well-performing fisheries. MPI recognised an increasing fishing activity and changing environment may impact blue cod fisheries sustainability. In the second half of 2017, as part of a nationwide review of the blue cod fishery, MPI will engage with all affected sectors and Tangata Whenua. MPI are currently establishing a team of experts to start the first stages of developing the strategy. Past President of recreational advocacy group TasFish Martyn Barlow said the success of a national strategy depends on high-level goal-setting and standardising of catches throughout the country, but understood different regulations and management within individual areas might add difficulty.