It is the Ministry's role to ensure that New Zealand's fisheries resources are used sustainably for the benefit of all New Zealanders, now and in the future.
The government is involved in activities that support New Zealand’s fishing and aquaculture industry in achieving maximum sustainable growth, while also meeting regional, national and international expectations for environmental, social and economic performance. To achieve this balance, the New Zealand government has a number of environmental controls in place, including the Fisheries Act 1996
and the Wildlife Act 1953.
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