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Sanford ready to stop all commercial fishing in Hauraki Gulf

Staff writer ▼ | November 4, 2015
One of the largest fishers in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf says it’s prepared to stop all commercial fishing in the area if everyone who throws a line in to the country’s most popular fishery records and reports what they are catching.
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The proposal was presented by Sanford CEO Volker Kuntzsch at the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminar, the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s annual seminar, at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Kuntzsch believes the future of fishing in the Gulf is tied to sustainability. He said all commercial vessels in the Gulf now report every snapper they catch including undersize snapper they are legally required to put back in the water.

“Complete transparency and data on all fishing in the Gulf is an important future step to preserving the fish stocks for future generations," CEO of one of the largest fishers highlighted.

It’s estimated that more than 200,000 people fish in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park each year.

“The issue we have is that around half or more of what’s taken out of the Gulf is currently unreported, meaning we have a massive hole in the information available on the health and size of the fish stocks,” he added.

In this regard, the Forum chairperson John Tregidga pointed out a new mood for collaboration was emerging four years on from the Forum’s 2011 State of Gulf report, which warned of widespread decline around the Gulf.

“The growth of Auckland and the popularity of recreational fishing means more and more pressure will be put on fish stocks. Sanford’s offer shows a willingness to re-examine business models, to look for accommodation and encourage innovation that will turn around the health of the Hauraki Gulf/ Tīkapa Moana,” he stressed.