Quota Management System

QMS AND TACC

The Quota Management System (QMS) was introduced in 1986, with the aim to conserve major fisheries’ stocks and help make the seafood industry more efficient. Each year the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) is set in volume (tons) and can vary from year to year.

The Quota Management System (QMS) lies behind New Zealand’s reputation as the world’s leader in sustainable fisheries management.

EFFECTIVE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT

For each species in the Quota Management System (QMS), Quota Management Areas (QMAs) have been established to provide for effective sustainable management, with each QMA comprising one or more Fisheries Management Areas (FMA) depending on the geographical distribution of each fish stock.