In-season TAC increase for Coromandel Scallops
An in-season increase in the Total Allowable Catch of Coromandel Scallops has been approved for the current fishing year.
The Coromandel scallop fishery (SCACS) undergoes an in-season Total Allowable Catch (TAC) review process most years. The Minister can increase the TAC of this fishery within the season if a pre-season biomass survey indicates sufficient scallop numbers to support an increase.
This year, the survey estimated a high biomass level (compared to the past 15 years) and predicted a yield of 338 tonnes ((meatweight), average outlook estimate). While this predicted yield is approximately 30% below last year’s estimate, it is still considered high by historical standards. Commercial fishers have indicated they wish to catch 108 tonnes (meatweight), and as this falls well below the yield estimate, MFish proposed an in-season increase to reflect this figure.
Download the Final Advice Paper (PDF 385KB)
Download the Initial Position Paper (PDF 324KB)
If you have any questions, please contact Murray Bruges at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (09) 820 7768.
Ministry-led Fisheries Plans - Coromandel Scallops