New Zealand Red Rock Lobster

CRA7 Fishery Management and Statistical Areas

The CRA 7 fishery extends from the Waitaki River south along the Otago coastline to Long Point.

The CRA 7 TAC and allowances within the TAC are set by the operation of a management procedure which was first implemented in 2008. A revised management procedure was recommended to the Minister in December 2013 to guide TAC decisions from 2014.


The CRA 7 TAC is currently 86 tonnes. A total of 10 tonnes is provided for customary catch, 5 tonnes is set aside for amateur catch and 5 tonnes for illegal unreported removals. The TACC is set at 66 tonnes.


The CRA 7 commercial season runs with a differential minimum legal size (MLS) which is a tail length of 127 mm for both male and female lobsters. The fishery is open to amateur fishing with a MLS regime of 54 mm TW for males and 60 mm TW for females.

There are 33 CRA 7 quota share owners. 9 commercial vessels reported CRA 7 landings in 2012. The landed value of the 2013/14 season catch is estimated at $3.1 million (based on average port price paid to fishermen). The CRA 7 catch is processed and exported, or sold to the domestic market, by several Dunedin and Christchurch companies.


The most recent estimates of recreational rock lobster catches from CRA 7 are less than 5 tonnes.


Stock monitoring coverage in CRA 7 comprises a scheduled sequence of 18 observer sampling days across all Statistical Areas in every season.

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