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Red gurnard
Chelidonichthys kumu
Also known as:
Puwhaiau, Gurnard, Red Gurnard
LAST UPDATED: 1 October, 2020

Red gurnard are a major bycatch of inshore trawl fisheries in most areas of New Zealand, including fisheries for red cod in the southern regions and flatfish on the west coast of the South Island and in Tasman Bay. They are also directly targeted in some areas (e.g. GUR 2). Red gurnard is a minor bycatch in the jack mackerel trawl fishery in the South Taranaki Bight.

Red gurnard is, by virtue of its wide distribution in harbours and shallow coastal waters, an important recreational species. It is often taken by fishers targeting snapper and tarakihi, particularly around the North Island.

Red gurnard is managed by Fisheries New Zealand using the Quota Management System (QMS).

The risk assessment for gurnard is currently under review.

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RISK ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

The risk assessment framework is used to assess the relative environmental risks of Australian and New Zealand wild-caught fisheries on fish stocks and the aquatic environment.

Assessments are undertaken for each species according to multiple ‘units of assessment’ (UoAs). The UoA is a combination of target species/stock and the gear type used by the fishery. Each UoA is assessed against three components for target species, bycatch and ecosystems, and management systems. Each component has a number of performance indicators, which have associated criteria, scoring issues, and scoring guideposts. For each UoA, each performance indicator is assigned a risk score according to how well the fishery performs against the scoring guideposts.

The risk assessment framework is currently under review and new risk assessments will be available soon.

Fishing Areas
Catch Quantities
Commercial catch allowance 2020/21
5,959t
Commercial catch 2018/19
4,029t
Historic catch quantity data
Estimated recreational catch
195t
Estimated customary catch
Unknown
Fishing Methods
Trawl
Fishing Season
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FEB
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Peak season
Off season

Risk Assessment Summary

The risk assessment for red gurnard is currently under review.

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