New Zealand Rock Lobster harvested by members of the CRA 5 Rock Lobster Industry Association Incorporated (CRAMAC5) will now be certified by Friend of the Sea.
The CRA 5 rock lobster fishery is located on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
CRAMAC 5 represents 54 quota owners, 27 active commercial crayfishing vessels and two main processors. The bulk of the catch is exported live into Hong Kong and China.
Rock lobsters harvested in the fishery are caught by potting, which has a minimal bycatch and a very low impact to the seabed.
The fishery is regulated by the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries within the Quota Management System. The Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) is 350 tonnes per year. Size limits for Rock Lobster are specified in the Fisheries Regulations 2001, with a minimum tail width of 60mm for females and 54mm for males. Rock lobsters caught below these limits are returned to the sea alive.
The production chain is short as the catch is taken by an owner-operated vessel and generally landed to a processor who is also an exporter.