New Zealand CRA5MAC Charter Logbook Programme
In New Zealand, commercial catches are accurately recorded through the quota management system. In contrast there are relatively poor estimates of the catch taken by the non-commercial sector, which includes charter boat and own-boat recreational fishers.
A logbook scheme for charter boat operators, is currently being implemented in CRA5 quota management area. From this programme an accurate estimate of the charter boat component of the recreational catch will be obtained. The format of the logbook is similar to the logbook currently in place for commercial rock lobster fishery. The data to be collected from this logbook includes the number and size of rock lobsters and information on other recreational species caught.
This project is funded by the Canterbury-Marlborough Rock Lobster CRA5 Industry Association Inc. Output to date includes a logbook, database and technical documentation.