Fisheries Infosite



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No estimates of current and reference biomass are available. There is also no proven method at this time to estimate yields from the squid fishery before a fishing season begins based on biomass estimates or CPUE data.

Because squid live for about one year, spawn and then die, and because the fishery is so variable, it is not practical to predict future stock size in advance of the fishing season. As a consequence, it is not possible to estimate a long-term sustainable yield for squid, nor determine if recent catch levels or the current TACC will allow the stock to move towards a size that will support the MSY. There will be some years in which economic or other factors will prevent the TACC from being fully taken, while in other years the TACC may be lower than the potential yield. It is not known whether New Zealand squid stocks have ever been stressed through fishing mortality.

There is continuing concern about the bycatch of sea lions in the Southern Islands trawl squid fishery (SQU 6T) that has been addressed by a management plan restricting the total number of kills per season.

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Sunday, 31 May 2009
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