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Fiordland-pots Lat 37 Fisheries Technicians perform most of the field work required in support of the rock lobster stock monitoring program under contract to the New Zealand Rock Lobster Industry Council (NZ RLIC).

NZ RLIC represents the rock lobster industry in New Zealand. It is an umbrella organisation for the nine commercial stakeholder organisations operating in each of the rock lobster management areas of New Zealand. The rock lobster industry contribution to research and management is extensive and positive with them firmly committed to research and development, and taking a lead role in managing this valuable resource.


In 1997 the NZ RLIC became an accredited research provider to the Minister of Fisheries, and since then has successfully tendered for, and executed, three rock lobster stock assessment contracts. The NZ RLIC has successfully contracted a fourth contract for a multi-year research programme. Research contracts are undertaken in collaboration with NIWA, the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council science unit, and contracted internationally recognised stock assessment consultants.