"Consultation Plan for Recreational Fishing Reform - 2002/2003"
of Fisheries draft
Recreational Fishing Reform: Consultation
Jan - July 2002
Aug 2002 - Feb 2003
Feb - June 2003
This overall process will aim to generate improved policy advice
from the Ministry to the government to enable the cabinet to make
decisions on recreational management reform in 2003. It will also
aim to help stakeholders who participate to make their viewpoints
known to the Ministry and subsequently to the Minister with good
knowledge about the framework within which decisions will be made.
The deadlines that define the stages of the process are:
- The Minister of Fisheries must report back to Cabinet with a
recommended option for reform by 1 February 2003
- The Minister of Fisheries must report back to Cabinet on the
outcome of public consultation on the recommended option by 1
The objectives of the consultation processes outlined here are to:
- Provide opportunity for recreational fishing representatives
to have input into the process
- Thoroughly discuss the objectives and constraints established
Phase one: January - July 2002
It is proposed that for the first stage of the process a series
of seminars be held discussing various topics of relevance to recreational
fishing. MFish will on occasion obtain experts to speak to the group.
These meetings will consist of a presentation - often quite short
- followed by discussion and consideration of different viewpoints
on the issue at hand.
Some suggested topics include:
- A debrief on the process to date could be included in the first
seminar along with a discussion of the process for the next year
and a discussion on government legislative processes and public
- The Treaty of Waitangi and the Fisheries Settlement Act and
their implications for fisheries management
- International obligations, common law rights and related issues
- Environmental principles within the Fisheries Act
- The QMS and the management of commercial fisheries under the
- The Oceans Policy process
- Property Rights and their application to Natural Resource Management
- Marine Reserves Act Review
These are suggested topics only and feedback on how these could
be amended is welcome.
||Debrief / overview of the process / Government
legislative mechanisms and public policy development
||Thurs Feb 7th; 6.30pm
Deed of Settlement
Speaker: Terry Lynch/
Matt Hooper and/or an invitee
||Thurs March 7th; 6.30pm
MFAT legal division/ MFish legal division
||Thurs April 4th 6.30pm
||Thurs May 2nd; 6.30pm
The QMS and Property
||Thurs May 30th; 6.30pm
Oceans policy and
||Thurs June 28th; 6.30pm
||Thurs July 25th; 6.30pm
The speakers are suggested only and are not confirmed. MFish will
circulate any relevant background papers prior to the meetings.
The role of participants during this phase is to discuss objectives
and gain a broad understanding of the constraints that cabinet has
set for the development of options for reform as well as the broader
policy environment including more recent reforms. This will enable
participants to develop viable options for the Ministry to consider
in its public policy development phase and subsequently for stakeholders
to input into the public consultation phase. To be viable any option
will need to be able to deliver on the objectives that government
has identified and to be achievable within the constraints that
have been set.
It is proposed that participation in the seminars not be limited
in any way. Participants will be invited from the recreational representative
groups including the RFC, the NZBGFC and the Option4 Group including
all those who participated in the Ministerial Consultative Group.
Based on previous experience we would expect participation in the
region of 15-25 people per meeting.
It is not expected that there will be any confidential information
at these meetings. All briefing papers leading up to the last cabinet
decision on recreational fishing will already be in the public domain.
General standards of behaviour, with regards to information shared,
will need to be adhered to including those that may aid a free and
frank sharing of information and advice. This has worked reasonably
well so far in the consultation process.
Costs of the process
Unfortunately MFish is not in a position to fund expenses for participants.
We are limited to the provision of a venue, speakers and catering.
In order to mitigate the costs involved, meetings can be held close
to the location of the majority of participants. Meetings can also
be held at times that do not interfere unduly with other obligations
that participants may have.
Therefore it is suggested that the majority of meetings be held
in Auckland in the evenings. Your suggestions are welcome on where
and when meetings should be held in order to minimise costs. MFish
will provide a venue and speakers (where required) and catering.
Meetings need not be held at the same location every time.
Phase two: August 2002 - February 2003
Public Policy development
The Cabinet deadline requires the Minister to report back with a
recommended option for public consultation by February 1 2003. The
role of the Ministry is to provide advice to the Minister to enable
him to achieve that. During this phase it is important to note that
the Ministry does not make decisions - that is the role of the Minister
and the government. The Ministry is however contracted to provide
balanced advice in order to inform the government in its decision-making
role. The Ministry, when developing advice for government, will
consider options that are put forward by stakeholders.
A core role of the Ministry is to provide advice to the Minister
regarding his requests for cabinet decisions. There are strict guidelines
around the development of cabinet papers. These include consultation
with other departments and the incorporation of their views into
recommendations. The cabinet paper development process is protected
from political interference and the nature of cabinet papers remains
confidential until the decision has been made. There is no direct
role for stakeholders during the development of cabinet papers.
The Minister may release cabinet papers to the public subsequent
to decisions being made.
Phase three: February 2003 - June 2003
Public Consultation on the recommended option
The Cabinet requirement is for MFish to report back with the results
of public consultation by 1 June 2003. Once the cabinet has approved
an option for public consultation (see above) the Ministry will
conduct a public consultation process. The exact nature of this
process is yet to be finalised but could include a discussion document,
public meetings and website publications. There is a significant
role for stakeholders during this process that includes feedback
on the recommended option.
There is a further major role for stakeholders should legislative
amendments be contemplated via the Parliamentary Select Committee
process. This allows stakeholders to submit their views on legislative
amendments while they are under consideration by the Select Committee.
The Ministry welcomes feedback on this consultation strategy. Please
forward comments by January 21st to:
Or post to:
Ministry of Fisheries
PO Box 1020