The Ministry of Fisheries spends approximately $18m-$20m per annum on scientific research, almost all of which is outsourced to external science providers.
This money goes into assessing the status of major fisheries (through our stock assessment process), as well as producing research on major topics such as environmental impacts of fishing, species and ecosystems, socio-economic trends, fisheries management, recreational and customary fishing.
The peer review and stock assessment processes are undertaken by open working groups attended by industry, environmental, recreational, customary and government scientists and representatives. These working groups are supported by forum sites, which can be accessed on request. The working groups are open to all who are prepared to agree to the terms of reference, including protocols for dealing with confidential and draft working papers.
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