The seabird bycatch in the hoki fishery is a source of ongoing concern. Seven threatened species and two near-threatened species have been observed killed in hoki trawling operations. In addition another nine protected species have also been killed.
The species observed caught by hoki trawlers include:
QMA 7: West Coast South Island:
Albatross: Black-browed (vu), Buller’s (vu), Campbell (vu) and white-capped
Petrel: cape pigeon and fairy prion
QMA 3/4: Chatham Rise:
Albatross: Antipodean (vu), black-browed (vu), Buller’s (vu), Campbell (vu), Salvin’s (vu), southern royal (vu) and white-capped
Petrel: Grey (nt), sooty shearwater, northern giant (nt), grey-faced, white-chinned (vu), antarctic prion, and southern cape pigeon
QMA 5/6: Sub-Antarctic:
Albatross: Buller’s (vu), Campbell (vu), Salvin’s (vu), southern royal (vu), and white-capped.
Petrel: grey (nt), white-chinned (vu), black-bellied storm, sooty shearwater, cape pigeon and diving petrel
Note: Threatened species: vu = vulnerable, nt=near threatened. All species are protected under the Wildlife Act.