This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 1 October 2002, amend the Fisheries (Challenger Area Commercial Fishing) Regulations 1986. The amendments are required as a consequence of certain stocks being brought within the quota management system.
The commercial harvest of cockle within COC7A is restricted to the defined areas of Tapu Bay, in Tasman Bay, and Ferry Point and Pakawau Beach, both in Golden Bay. The taking of cockle is prohibited from COC7B altogether. The restrictions also apply to possessing cockle taken from the restricted or prohibited areas. A corresponding amendment is made to regulation 15(2) to bring this provision within the offence provisions.
A definition is provided for mechanical cockle harvester to cover the practice, within COC 7A, of using mechanical cockle harvesters. Commercial fishers will be required to record this fishing method when harvesting cockle in COC7A for the purposes of reporting under the Fisheries (Reporting) Regulations 2001. This provision replaces the current arrangement where cockle taken by mechanical cockle harvester are recorded as being taken by hand gathering.
Kina are being brought within the quota management system, so an amendment revokes the regulations that set the daily take or possession limit and the commercial catch limits for kina in quota management area 7. The offence provision is amended to reflect that revocation.
Because paddle crab are also being brought within the quota management system, the fishing method restrictions for this stock are no longer required.
The commercial catch limits for anchovy, garfish, pilchard, and sprats fished within quota management area 7 are revoked as a consequence of these fish being brought within the quota management system. A corresponding amendment is made to the offence provision.