Fiordland blue cod closures continue

Date: 1/8/2007

The Fisheries Minister has announced that blue cod fishing closures in New Zealand’s Milford and Doubtful Sounds will continue for another two years, to allow stocks to rebuild. Both areas have been closed to amateur blue cod fishing since 2005 following recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries from the Fiordland Marine Guardians. All Fiordland’s inner sounds have been closed to commercial fishing since 2005 and Milford Sound has been closed to commercial fishing since 1994. The Ministry of Fisheries has been monitoring blue cod stocks in Milford and Doubtful Sounds since the summer of 2005/06, to see how they were responding to the amateur fishing closures.

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