Moana tools help predict changes in fishing

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Adam Gifford

Tony Craig – Moana tools help predict changes in fishing

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The fishing industry is trying to understand the effect of rising seawater temperatures on fish stocks and locations.

The fishing industry is trying to understand the effect of rising seawater temperatures on fish stocks and locations.

Tony Craig, a fisheries consultant and former business development manager for Aotearoa Fisheries, is part of Project Moana, a collaboration of 54 experts from 14 national and international organizations that has accumulated data on ocean surface temperatures dating back 25 years. and created reporting and forecasting tools.

He says that because fishing quotas have been set and allocated based on what has been fished in particular areas, changes in spawning and migration patterns may have implications for iwi farms.

Part of the project involved interviewing fishers to gather anecdotal evidence about changing spawning behavior and how fish present themselves at different times of the year or outside of their usual distribution.

“As a society we need to keep asking ourselves what the likely impact of these changes is and this is where Project Moana introduces more predictability into what our temperatures are going to look like, what it might mean for particular fish stocks and how we manage those in the future is critical to ensuring that we fish sustainably and also maximize the value of our fisheries,” says Craig.

See the work of the Moana Project here: https://www.moanaproject.org/


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