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Amateur harvest of scallop and rock lobster in the western Bay of Plenty

Recreational fishers using boats were surveyed as they returned to boat ramps and marinas between Port Charles and Maketu in the Western Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. The main purpose was to estimate boat based amateur harvest of scallops and rock lobster as precisely as possible by covering all access points each survey day. The limited spatial scale of the survey area (290 km by road) made this feasible using a mix of all day coverage at main ramps and roving interviewers on secondary ramps. A total of 29,317 boat trips were observed with 80% of these involving some fishing activity.

 Full report still under review

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