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New Zealand Fisheries at a Glance

NZ Marine Fisheries Waters (EEZ and Territorial Sea) 4.4 million km²
NZ Coastline 15,000km
Marine species identified1 16,000
Species commercially fished2 130
Area closed to bottom trawling (fisheries restrictions)
Territorial Sea 17%
Exclusive Economic Zone 31%
Primary productivity Moderate with some high
Ecosystems Diverse
Climate Sub-tropical to sub-Antarctic

Quota Management System (QMS) stocks
Species/species complexes in QMS 97
Individual stocks in QMS 633
Proportion of catch (by weight) from assessed stocks3 72%
Assessed stocks at or near target level 67.5%
Allowable commercial take (TACC)4 599,126 tonnes
Actual commercial catch 409,449 tonnes

Commercial Fisheries and Aquaculture
Total seafood export value, 2009 (FOB)5 $1.42 billion
Aquaculture exports6 $279 million
Total seafood exports, 2009 287,508 tonnes
Total quota value7 $4.017 billion
Quota holders 1,556
Commercial fishing vessels 1,278
Processors and Licensed Fish Receivers 220
Direct employment (full-time equivalents) 5,680

Customary Fisheries
Tangata Tiaki appointed (South Island) 142
Tangata Kaitiaki appointed (North Island) 307
Temporary closures (s186) 6
Taiāpure-local fisheries 8
Mātaitai reserves 10
Customary take provided for within the TAC 4,813 tonnes

Recreational Fisheries
Estimated participation (as a % of the total NZ population )8 19.5 %
Estimated annual take 25,000 tonnes

Ministry of Fisheries
Budget 2010/2011 (excl. GST) $103.7 million
Net assets $13.3 million
Staff (March 2010) (FTEs) 431.3
Honorary Fisheries Officers (March 2010) 208
Observers (March 2010) 51

1. Environment New Zealand 2007, Ministry for the Environment.
2. All species commercially fished, including those outside of the QMS.
3. Percentage of stocks calculated by weight and value, excluding squid.
4. Latest complete fishing year, excludes OYU5, which are recorded as individuals.
5. Seafood Export Summary Report, SeaFIC 2009 calendar year.
6. Mussel, salmon and oyster exports from Seafood Export Summary Report, SeaFIC, 2009 calendar year.
7. Statistics New Zealand, Fish monetary stock accounts, 1996–2009.
8. Sport and Recreation Profile: Fishing, SPARC 2007/08 Active NZ Survey, 2009.

Updated : 20 May 2010