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Highly Migratory Species Fisheries Plan

National Fisheries Plan for Highly Migratory Species (PDF) guides the management of New Zealand fisheries for HMS, as well as providing context for New Zealand's input into international management.

The HMS fisheries plan was approved in September 2010 by the then Minister of Fisheries.

The plan describes the objectives that will guide the management of all New Zealand fisheries for HMS over the five year period 2010-2015. The Minister is required to take this plan into account before setting or varying relevant sustainability measures or make decisions or recommendations under the Fisheries Act 1996. The plan will also be used to guide prioritisation and planning of fisheries services. 

Fishery-specific chapters (called operational management plans) provide further guidance on how fisheries for particular HMS species or groupings will be managed, including:

 Large Pelagic Species (e.g. bigeye tuna, southern bluefin tuna, swordfish and other billfish) (PDF 1.3MB)

 Skipjack Tuna (PDF 1.36MB)

 Albacore Tuna (PDF 333KB)

The plan is implemented through a collaborative annual cycle of reviewing progress (reported in annual review reports), and considering gaps and developing implementation plans (annual operational plans) that list the planned tasks and services for the next financial year.

A multi-stakeholder fisheries plan advisory group was involved in development of the fisheries plan and has an on-going role in implementation. The fisheries plan advisory group meets twice a year. 

Full review of the national plan and chapters will occur in 2015.

Diagram of Annual Fisheries Planning Process

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