Okains Bay Seafood
sustainable harvest

New Zealand’s major commercial fisheries are managed and conserved by the New Zealand Government’s world leading fish quota management system. Introduced in 1986, this system aims to conserve major fisheries stocks and help make the seafood industry more efficient.

Scientists and industry continually work together to assess the population of all major commercial fish species inhabiting the major fishing grounds. This includes the Chatham Rise where we fish. Using the assessment data, the Minister of Fisheries then sets an annual total allowable catch limit for each fishing ground. The limit is set conservatively, so that enough fish remain to maintain breeding future populations. The system also sets a quantity of stock aside for customary Maori and recreational fishers.