Science

The NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council coordinates and manages an extensive rock lobster
stock monitoring programme. It includes intensive catch sampling, vessel logbooks,
and lobster tag and release and recapture projects e.g. TagTracker.

Stock monitoring coverage extends from North Cape to Stewart Island on a rotational basis. Information collected is delivered to the Ministry for Primary Industries research database for use in stock assessments and annual Total Allowable Catch and sustainability decisions.

The Rock Lobster Industry Council contracts database management to NIWA and to FishServer, Ltd.  All stock monitoring is conducted in accordance with Ministry for Primary Industries standards and specifications and data is regularly reviewed by the Ministry for Primary Industries Stock Assessment Working Group.

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