Blue cod results delayed

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 05:00 18/04/2014

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Results from a survey on the wellbeing of the Marlborough Sounds blue cod fishery have been delayed till August, sources say.

The Marlborough Sounds Blue Cod Management Group met in Nelson yesterday to discuss the results of last year's Sounds blue cod survey and was supposed to make recommendations for any changes to be implemented later this year.

However, sources said there were only draft results, with the final version not expected till August.

Draft results appeared to show that half as many fish were in the Sounds, with about 4000 surveyed in 2010 and 2500 in last year's survey. However, the fishwere slightly heavier, which sources said was a bad sign.

"The survey results support the view that few smaller fish are surviving the slot rule," one source said.

The sources said there were serious concerns about the survey's robustness, as it included many more survey points last year than in previous surveys. "They're not comparing apples with apples."

The Marlborough Sounds Blue Cod Management Group helps the Ministry for Primary Industries prepare a collective policy as a recommendation to Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, with any changes made after public consultation.

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- The Marlborough Express

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