New Zealand Red Rock Lobster

CRA4 Fishery Management and Statistical Areas

The CRA 4 fishery extends from the Wairoa River on the east coast, southwards along the Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and Wellington coasts, through Cook Strait and north to the Manawatu River.

The CRA 4 Management Procedure again used to guide the 2014 TAC decision. The procedure invoked a 662 tonnes total allowable catch (TAC) and the TACC was set at 467 tonnes. 35 tonnes was allocated to customary fishing; 85 tonnes to recreational and an allowance of 75 tonnes was made for illegal unreported removals.


The current 467 tonnes TACC is distributed amongst 85 quota share owners. The CRA 4 commercial fleet comprised 51 vessels in 2012. The majority of vessels in the fleet operate from coastal bases in isolated rural areas on the Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa coastline. The CRA 4 commercial catch supports several processing and export operations in Napier and Wellington, and Auckland. The value of the commercial catch is estimated at $37 million in 2013/14.


Potting and hand gathering are the preferred methods for amateur fishers in this area. As in most CRA areas, the majority of amateur catch is taken in the summer months.

The region sustains a recreational fishing and dive charter industry during those months.


Aggregate customary harvest estimates for CRA 4 are not available, but the reporting requirements associated with the implementation of the North Island Customary Regulations should enable more informed decision making in future.


A comprehensive stock monitoring programme has been established in the CRA 4 fishery. There is a long time series of intensive catch sampling data from Napier, Castlepoint, Cape Palliser, and the Wellington south coast. This series is extended in each season with no less than 32 sample days to be completed and further stock monitoring activities are confirmed through to 2015. The CRA 4 tag and release programme is for 2000 tags to be deployed in 2014. Puerulus settlement is also monitored at several sites within CRA 4.

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