Fishing and fisheries have always been a significant part of what it is to be a New Zealander.
Whether it is fish and chips on a Friday, crayfish for a barbecue, shellfish for a hui
(meeting/conference) or sitting on a jetty catching spotties, seafood and the sea are part of our way of life.
It is natural therefore, that we want to ensure this way of life continues and is available for our grandchildren and their grandchildren.
The role of the Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) is to ensure that our fisheries resources are used sustainably for the benefit of all New Zealanders, now and in the future. This is not as easy as it sounds, because we all value fisheries differently and this can cause conflict between the desire to make profits and gain work, or the desire to protect the environment from the effects of fishing.
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