Profile updated on 11 February 2020

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Micromesistius australis

SPECIES NAME(s)

Southern blue whiting, New Zealand southern blue whiting

Besides being found around the southern tip of South America, Southern blue whiting (Micromesistius australis) is found on the southern shelf of New Zealand, but is occasionally considered to be a distinct subspecies – Micromesistius australis pallidus, as opposed to Micromesistius australis australis.

Hanchet (1999) found significant differences in growth rates as well as on morphometric characteristics suggesting that the 4 stocks, which present distinct spawning grounds, should be assessed and managed separately: Auckland Islands (SBW 6A), Bounty Platform (SBW 6B), Campbell Island Rise (SBW 6I) and Pukaki Rise stock (SBW 6R). These 4 biological stocks are used by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for assessment and management purposes (Fisheries New Zealand 2019).


ANALYSIS

Strengths
  • Since 2015, the TACC has been exceeded only once, by 2%.

FISHSOURCE SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

≥ 6

Managers Compliance:

10

Fishers Compliance:

10