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Ministerial Briefings


Briefing to Incoming Fisheries Minister

2004 - 2009

 

Background

When a new Minister of Fisheries is appointed the Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) provide a briefing paper that gives an overview of the fisheries sector and highlights key issues likely to arise over the following three years.

These briefing papers are hefty documents that are, in part, difficult to read and understand unless conversant with MFish terminology and processes.

2008 Briefing
The Hon. Phil Heatley is now the Minister of Fisheries. In November 2008 the Ministry provided the Minister with a Briefing Paper outlining a number of issues of importance to non-commercial fishing interests.

Non-commercial fishing interests involved in the Hokianga Accord were concerned with a number of statements made in the 2008 paper so clarification was sought from the MFish CEO, Wayne McNee in December 2008.

 

Contents
Correspondence and process
Reference documents

Please note: Latest documents are at the top of each section.

Briefings to Minister

Correspondence and Process

MFish CEO response to Hokianga Accord

The Ministry's CEO, Wayne McNee, responds to the Accord's questions raised in late 2008, seeking clarification of the Ministry's statements to the incoming Minister of Fisheries Phil Heatley.

19 Mar 09

(Pdf 90Kb)

 

2008

Questions about Ministerial briefing statements

A joint letter to the MFish CEO, Wayne McNee, asking for clarification of statements made in the MFish document, Briefing to the Incoming Minister. Signed by representatives on behalf of the Accord, the option4 team and the NZ Big Game Fishing Council.

24 Dec 08

(Pdf 20Kb)

Perspectives on non-commercial fishing interests

A joint submission providing the new fisheries Minister, Phil Heatley, with non-commercial fishing interests' perspectives on the issues facing the government in enabling the Minister to achieve sustainable use of our fisheries.

 

5 Dec 08

(Pdf 80Kb)

MFish Briefing to Incoming Minister

The Ministry of Fisheries' (MFish) Briefing to the Incoming Minister. This document provides an overview of the fisheries sector and highlights key issues likely to arise over the following three years.

Nov 2008

(Pdf 740Kb)

SeaFIC Briefing to Minister

The NZ Seafood Industry Council's post-election briefing paper to the new Minister of Fisheries. Included in this document is an analysis of current management with an interesting scorecard...........

Nov 2008

(Pdf 120Kb)

 

2005

MFish Briefing to Incoming Minister

The Ministry of Fisheries' (MFish) 2005 Briefing to the Incoming Minister. This document provides an overview of the fisheries sector and highlights key issues likely to arise over the following three years.

Sep 2008

(Pdf 260Kb)

 

2004

MFish Briefing to Incoming Minister

The Ministry of Fisheries' (MFish) 2004 Briefing to the Incoming Minister. This document provides an overview of the fisheries sector and highlights key issues likely to arise over the following three years.

21 Aug 08

(Pdf 30Kb)

References

Fisheries Act Purpose - Section 8

The purpose of the Fisheries Act 1996 - sustainable utilisation of fisheries. The High Court described this as, "….on plain reading of s8 the bottom line is sustainability. That must be the Minister's ultimate objective. Without it, there will eventually be no utilisation".

1996

(Pdf 20Kb)

Fisheries Act Sustainability measures - Section 13

Section 13 sets out the basis for how the Minister of Fisheries will set a total allowable catch limit that will maintain the fishery at or above a level that can produce the maximum sustainable yield....

1996

(Pdf 20Kb)

Fisheries Act Sustainability measures - Section 14

Section 14 sets out an alternative process describing how the Minister of Fisheries can set a total allowable catch limit for a fishery listed in Schedule 3, to better achieve the purpose of the Act.

1996

(Pdf 20Kb)

Fisheries Act Sustainability measures - Section 14A

Section 14A sets out the basis for how the Minister of Fisheries can set an alternative total allowable catch limit that will better achieve the purpose of the Act. Both agreement from 95% of quota owners and no detrimental effects on non-commercial fishing interests are required before this section can be applied.

1996

(Pdf 20Kb)

Fisheries Act Sustainability measures - Section 14B

Section 14B sets out how the Minister of Fisheries can set an alternative total allowable catch limit for a fishery so that commercial fishers can exploit another fishery without being constrained by the first catch limit. Both fisheries need to be maintained above a level that ensures its long-term viability.

1996

(Pdf 20Kb)

Fisheries Act Sustainability measures - Section 14C

Section 14C sets out the process for declaring that section 14B no longer applies to a fishery. Either section 13 or 14 would then need to be applied to that fishery.

1996

(Pdf 20Kb)

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