Fisheries Infosite

National Plan of Action to Reduce the Incidental Catch of Seabirds in New Zealand Fisheries


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Five key management measures will be used to build on the initiatives already being

undertaken by the fishing industry to reduce incidental catch, while at the same time ensuring

that extra steps are taken where necessary to achieve the goals and objectives of the NPOA.

They are codes of practice, input controls, economic instruments, legal action against

individual vessels, and bycatch limits. A mix of both mandatory and voluntary measures will

be used. Actions to encourage a reduction in the incidental catch of seabirds by foreign

vessels fishing in high seas fisheries focus on education and awareness building. This is

consistent with New Zealand’s ability to influence the behaviour of foreign vessels in high

seas fisheries.

The NPOA divides fisheries in to three groups based on the level of interaction they have with

seabirds and the existing framework within which they are managed. The groups are fisheries

with known seabird interactions, high seas fisheries, and all other fisheries. A package of

management measures commensurate with the level of impact that each group has on seabirds

is outlined.

Document date
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
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