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Shared Fisheries Appendix

Notes for Meetings with Recreational Fishing Forums

and Key Stakeholder Groups
January-February 2006


Lindie Nelson, MFish, Nelson
ph: 545 8789  
email: nelsonl@fish.govt.nz

Robin Connor, MFish, Wellington
ph: 04 819 4671
e-mail: connorr@fish.govt.nz



Shared Fisheries Policy Initiative

  • MFish has begun a new process to improve policies for management of shared fisheries.
  • Shared fisheries are those in which both commercial and non-commercial fishers have significant interests and share in the total catch.
  • An emphasis on shared resources reminds us of the need to acknowledge the range of interests involved, and the need to accommodate differing objectives and values in the management framework.
  • Currently there are ongoing conflicts over shared fisheries, dissatisfaction with management among stakeholders, and difficulties for MFish and the Minister in administration of the system.
  • The new initiative will build on previous work (Soundings and Ministerial reference groups).
  • The resulting policy will provide a framework – a set of criteria, processes, and management tools that can be applied to particular fisheries, generally through the use of fisheries plans.

We are currently seeking stakeholder views on the approach being taken as indicated by the key challenges outlined on the following page (have we identified the problems correctly), and suggestions for workable options to address these issues.

By the end of June this year we hope to have a public consultation document on options released, followed by a four month submission period. However, the earlier we have stakeholder input for the development of those options, the greater an influence it is likely to have on final outcomes. So we encourage you to contribute actively at this meeting and in the coming weeks and months to the development of policy options to address the current issues of concern in the policy framework for shared fisheries.

Key Issues and Challenges

  1. Criteria and processes for setting the TAC
  • Need to strike balance between commercial and non-commercial values – that is, yield on one hand, and catch-rates/fish-size on the other
  1. Increased certainty in allocation of TAC (setting and adjusting customary, recreational and commercial shares) while maintaining flexibility for responding to changing demands (e.g. population)
  • Important to secure benefits of the QMS through predictable and fair processes of adjustment
  • System still needs flexibility to be able to adjust shares in an orderly and fair way
  • Increased certainty and reduced conflict will encourage cooperative approaches to managing shared fisheries
  1. More accessible management tools to allow for the enhancement of non-commercial values, for example
  • to provide for separation of commercial and recreational fishing effort in key areas or fisheries
  • to provide for increased local participation in management where interest and values are high
  1. Effective management measures to ensure there are appropriate incentives for commercial and recreational take to be maintained within their share
  • Especially important in fully developed shared fisheries
  1. More cost-effective and reliable information on non-commercial catch and participation rates
  • Knowing the extent of non-commercial fishing is important for all of the above issues, especially 1 & 2
  • Important to monitor (and respond to) changes in demand
  • Participation rates are a critical unknown factor


Are there other key challenges that we have missed?


Do you have any suggestions on how we can address any of these issues?


Where to from here?

  • Preliminary discussions with key stakeholder groups – NOW
  • Release of public discussion document   ~June 2006
  • Period for public feedback   - 4 months
  • Government decisions on final policy ~June 2007
  • Legislative change, Select Committee process ~mid-2008.

We welcome your input into the policy development process at this important stage, and encourage stakeholder groups and members of the forum to contact the project team at any time to discuss the issues.   If you wish, a further discussion could be held at the next meeting of the forum.


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