Outcome: The health of the aquatic environment is protected
New Zealand's aquatic environment is valuable for many reasons. The Ministry has a legal obligation to ensure sustainability, both through maintaining fish stock levels and managing the adverse effects of fishing on the aquatic environment. The Ministry also strives to promote sustainable fishing internationally, and works with other agencies to address impacts on the marine environment not caused by fishing.
What we are doing to achieve this outcome
- Use a range of tools to improve the environmental performance of fisheries in a cost-effective way.
- Develop environmental standatds for fishing and monitor performance.
- Ensure environmental rules are met.
- Contribute to processes that reduce impacts not caused by fishing.