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Breen P.A.,Breen Consulting | Branson A.R.,4 Roys Road | Bentley N.,Trophia | Haist V.,Haist Consultancy | And 4 more authors.
Fisheries Research | Year: 2016

The history and management of the New Zealand fishery for the rock lobster Jasus edwardsii is described. The fishery was essentially open-access to 1979, with limited input controls. Access was strictly limited from 1979 to 1989, but effort increased to a peak in 1985, when the fishery was fully exploited. Early stock assessments suggested over-exploitation. Quotas were introduced in 1990 and catches were reduced from their then mean levels to promote stock rebuilding. Subsequently, the commercial fishing industry has exercised stewardship initiatives to maintain stocks. Operational management procedures have been developed and introduced since 1996. While overall catch is similar to 1990 levels, catch per unit of effort has more than doubled. Successes and challenges for future management are discussed. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.

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