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Fisheries 2030

New Zealanders maximising benefits from the use of fisheries within environmental limits

Fisheries 2030 approved by Cabinet

On 31 August 2009 Cabinet endorsed a shared direction and strategy to improve the environmental and economic performance of the fisheries sector put forward by the Minister of Fisheries, Hon Phil Heatley. The Cabinet paper can be downloaded below.

 Download Cabinet Paper (PDF 357KB)

The Fisheries 2030 strategy brings current and new work together in a comprehensive programme that was developed through engagement with tangata whenua and stakeholders to provide direction for the sector. Fisheries 2030 seeks to achieve improved economic benefit through smarter use of our fisheries resources, and provides for increased non-commercial benefits, while protecting the health of the fishery and the marine environment.

The strategy also outlines roles for the Government and approaches to most efficiently use available resources.

It proposes a long-term goal, outcomes, governance conditions and values and principles.

Fisheries 2030 was released by the Minister of Fisheries in September 2009. A copy of the full Fisheries 2030 report can be downloaded below.

 Download Fisheries 2030 Report (PDF 196KB)

Picture the future

Fisheries 2030 provides a long-term goal for the New Zealand fisheries sector.

Our goal is to have New Zealanders maximising benefits from the use of fisheries within environmental limits.

To support this goal and describe the more specific results desired for the use of fisheries and the aquatic environment, we have two outcome statements. 

Use outcome - Fisheries resources are used in a manner that provides the greatest overall economic, social, and cultural benefit.

This means having:

  • An internationally competitive and profitable seafood industry that makes a significant contribution to our economy
  • High-quality amateur fisheries that contribute to the social, cultural, and economic well-being of all New Zealanders
  • Thriving customary fisheries, managed in accordance with kaitiakitanga, supporting the cultural well-being of iwi and hapū
  • Healthy fisheries resources in their aquatic environment that reflect and provide for intrinsic and amenity value.

Environment outcome - The capacity and integrity of the aquatic environment, habitats and species are sustained at levels that provide for current and future use. 

This means:

  • Biodiversity and the function of ecological systems, including trophic linkages, are conserved
  • Habitats of special significance to fisheries are protected
  • Adverse effects on protected species are reduced or avoided
  • Impacts, including cumulative impacts, of activities on land, air or water on aquatic ecosystems are addressed.

Governance conditions - Fundamental to achieving our goal is the recognition that our approach must be based on sound governance. 

This means having arrangements that lead to:

  • The Treaty partnership being realised through the Crown and Māori clearly defining their respective rights and responsibilities in terms of governance and management of fisheries resources
  • The public having confidence and trust in the effectiveness and integrity of the fisheries and aquaculture management regimes
  • All stakeholders having rights and responsibilities related to the use and management of fisheries resources that are understood and for which people can be held individually and collectively accountable
  • Having an enabling framework that allows stakeholders to create optimal economic, social, and cultural value from their rights and interests
  • An accountable, responsive, dynamic, and transparent system of management.

Five-year plan of action

Drawing from Fisheries 2030, a number of actions have been identified that can be implemented as a “plan of action” for the next five years and which will enable value creation consistent with the strategy.

Improving the management framework

  • Establishing mechanisms to monitor Ministry and sector performance
  • Developing alternative stock management targets that ensure the sustainability of fish stocks
  • Addressing current technical legislation issues
  • Undertaking value for money reviews of regulatory administration and compliance services
  • Reviewing fisheries laws and regulations with a view to reducing compliance costs and improving effectiveness
  • Determining the best option for providing non-commercial fishing areas
  • Implementing more efficient models for planning procurement and delivery of research and observer services
  • Improving specification of services. 

Supporting aquaculture and international objectives

  • Supporting environmental certification and implementing product traceability certification for New Zealand fisheries
  • Developing and implementing an international fisheries management trade and access strategy
  • Implementing the government and industry aquaculture development strategies
  • Supporting the Aquaculture Amendment Bill No 2
  • Supporting aquaculture reform and offering input to wider Resource Management Act reform
  • Promoting accountable governance at multi-lateral and regional levels. 

Ensuring sustainability of fish stocks

  • Setting and implementing fisheries harvest strategy standards
  • Setting and monitoring environmental standards, including for threatened and protected species and seabed impacts
  • Enhancing the framework for fisheries management planning, including the use of decision rules to adjust harvest levels over time.

Improving fisheries information

  • Determining best options for information collection on catch from amateur fisheries, including the implementation of charter boat reporting
  • Improving our knowledge of fish stocks and the environmental impacts of fishing through long-term research plans
  • Gaining access to increased research and development funding. 

Building sector leadership and capacity

  • Developing more effective engagement with the sector and sector representatives. 

Meeting obligations to Māori

  • Seeking consensus on how to fully implement the Fisheries Deed of Settlement and historical Treaty settlements. 

Enabling collective management responsibility

  • Governance requirements for creating and operating the management organisation
  • Powers to control and sanction agents and members
  • Accountability mechanisms to ensure performance by the organisation
  • A revised cost-recovery model. 

Next steps

The Ministry and other parts of the sector are already working on a number of the actions set out in the five-year plan of action and there will be ongoing engagement as the implementation programme is developed. Information on the roll out of other actions will be posted as this work progresses.

The direction and action plan established by Fisheries 2030 provides the means to address the challenges that have been identified, and an opportunity for other parts of the sector to develop strategies that reflect their interests, and which contribute to the goal.

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