New Zealand Red Rock Lobster

CRA1 Fishery Management and Statistical Areas

The CRA 1 fishery extends from the Kaipara Harbour on the west coast of the North Island around North Cape and then south to Te Arai Point. The commercial fishery extends offshore to the Three Kings, but the bulk of the commercial harvest is taken from waters adjacent to the mainland.

No TAC has yet been set for this fishery. The 131.062 tonnes TACC has remained unchanged since April 1998, and since 2000 the TACC has been fully caught.


The 131.062 tonnes CRA 1 TACC is distributed amongst 25 quota share owners. Thirteen permit holders reported CRA 1 catches in 2012. The estimated landed value of the commercial catch was $9.4 million (based on average port price paid to fishermen), making rock lobster an important contributor to the local and regional economy.


Amateur catch of rock lobster is estimated at 47 tonnes (MFish 1996). Diving using UBA is the predominant method used by amateur fishermen and women, although hand gathering, ring potting, and potting from vessels are also used.

Rock lobsters have cultural significance to local Maori and a large Maori population in the Northland region ensures that rock lobster retains significant customary value. No reliable estimates are available for customary catch. The progressive implementation of reporting procedures within the North Island Customary Regulations might assist in future evaluations of customary harvest for the CRA 1 fishery.


CRA 1 stock status is evaluated using commercial catch and effort and quota monitoring report data. Tag, release and recapture projects have been updated from 1996 to the current season. In addition, the CRA 1 commercial stakeholders enable intensive observer catch sampling sequences for the fishery. The CRA 2012-01 research contract provides for catch sampling sequences to be done annually until 2015.

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