Abalone boom 'like lottery win' for NZ fishermen / by Francisco Blaha

The depletion of local stocks in Asia, especially China, means a lucrative export market from New Zealand has developed.

In the 1980s, New Zealand's government recognised stocks were shrinking and introduced fishing quotas for paua.

The goal is to moderate fishing from month to month, to see where fishing has occurred before, to reduce the stress on the paua, so you don't go back to the same spot again and again.

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