- It is a reasonable catch period so offers security in catching quota.
- There are higher catch rates in April to finish off quota.
- Smooths peaks and troughs and flattens the catch all year.
- This would encourage people from all zones to fish the deep-water whites pattern – taking pressure off the bigger residential crays.
- It moves the start/finish away from the 2 whites periods, which will then allow supply management to deliver better market prices during the whites.
- Traditionally the market price and demand in May/June is better than July/August period.
- Full run at whites and CNY with associated market benefits.
- Moving season away from the peak catch period gives fishers maximum optionality during high catch period to capitalise on high prices – fishers will be free to be opportunistic.
- Expected to flatten the artificial supply peak in January and therefore creates a true supply and demand balance during the whites/Chinese New Year.
- The influx of lobsters coming in at the start of the season shouldn’t change the price or market, as the majority of fishers currently fish April-June.
- Misses the start of NZ quota in April.
- Moves the licensing away from the Fisheries closure period.
- Season finishes on the last day of the month, making accounting easier.
- To assist cash flow the schedule and proportion of licence fee instalment payments can be varied to decrease payments required during winter.