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Shared Fisheries Preliminary Document

The Preliminary View document includes the MFish Shared Fisheries public discussion document in its original form with the footnotes representing our initial analysis and comments.

We are working hard to ensure as many people as possible read it in its entirety - quite contrary to MFish’s view expressed in their article in the December Fishing News where they stated “There are those who will tell you that you don’t need to read it because they’ve already done that and decided what you should think – we think you should ask yourself for a second opinion”

The purpose of this preliminary View approach is to empower as many people as possible to have input into the preparation of "The People's Submission" that we intend to have finalised by 1/2/07 in anticipation of the deadline for submissions to the Shared Fisheries public consultation scheduled for 28/2/07

The Preliminary View is made up of a number of documents which may be downloaded by clicking on the Word or PDF links below. It is recommended that you save them to your computer and then read them at your leisure.

There will also be limited printed copies available – please contact us at sharedfisheries@option4.co.nz if you would like one posted to you.

Your input and participation in the compiling of "The People's Submission" is much sought after. Ultimately, the quality of this submission will be judged by the process that went into its compilation and the nature and extent of the support and endorsement subsequently earned from you and your friends.

Please, for the sake of future generations of New Zealanders, engage in this work – have your say and contribute to "The People's Submission" - Send all comments and input relating to the document to sharedinput@option4.co.nz Note: if you wish to make comment in the body of the documents, download the Word version, turn on "tracking" so that we can see what you have changed and send your amended document to us.


Shared Fisheries Preliminary View Critique and Analysis

Both Word and PDF formats are available for the complete document and each section of the document.
number of pages
Wordword size PDFPDF size
The complete document containing all the sections below 142 550KB 441KB
Index and introduction.
  • “Shared Fisheries” Will Affect All Non-Commercial Fishers.
  • "The People's Submission".
  • Compiling "The People's Submission".
  • Kahawai Legal Challenge.
  • Who are we?
  • Key process milestones for "The People's Submission" 
5 66KB 26KB
Overview - what is the discussion paper about. Shared’ Fisheries or ‘Coastal’ Fisheries. What is my right to fish? So what’s the problem with our fisheries then? How does the Minister allow for my right to fish for food? What do non-commercial fishers want? Why won’t MFish and the Minister do this? MFish’s solution – proposal What do non-commercial (recreational and customary) fishers  propose? 8 70KB 33KB
Complete critique and analysis of the shared fisheries proposal including all 9 Sections.  All documents in this critique and analysis contain foot notes written by the  129 504KB 261KB
Critique index, forword from the Minister and introduction.  16 80KB 66KB
Critique section 2: Getting better information on catch and value. Proposal A: More survey and monitoring work. Proposal B: Reporting for recreational charter operations. Proposal C: Estimating relative values for commercial and amateur fishing 6 46KB 34KB
Critique Section 3: Setting the Total Allowable Catch. Proposal A: Setting the Total Allowable Catch for a stock target level above that which achieves Maximum Sustainable Yield. Proposal B: Setting the Total Allowable Catch in depleted fisheries to allow faster rebuild times 7 49KB 38KB
Critique Section 4: Priorities for allocating the Total Allowable Catch. The basic right to catch fish. Proposal: Priority for amateur fishing over commercial fishing. Customary take. Proposal: Clarify provision for Maori customary take. Illegal Take. Managing customary take. Managing amateur take. Managing commercial take.  10 55KB 45KB
Critique Section 5: Setting and adjusting amateur and commercial allocations. Baseline allocations. Option A. Re-set allocations following an independent assessment. Option B. Re-set allocations following a study of value in the commercial and amateur sectors. Option C. Re-set initial allocations following a negotiation process. Ongoing adjustments. Option A: Proportional adjustments. Option B: Value-based adjustments. Option C: Combination model.  27 123KB 105KB
Critique Section 6: Local area management. Proposal A: Provide for a coastal zone or areas where key species are managed with priority for non-commercial fishing. Proposal B: Provide for sector-initiated proposals to protect or strengthen specific interests. Proposal C: Create area-based fisheries plans appropriate to shared fisheries issues.  6 47KB 79KB
Critique Section 7: Redress following adjustments in allocations or access. Option A: Leave redress with the courts. Option B: Provide a specific process for consideration of redress to the commercial sector 2 24KB 21KB
Critique Section 8: Representing amateur fishers’ interests. Proposal: Creation of an Amateur Fishing Trust.  2 25KB 14KB
Critique Section 9: Have Your Say!  3 49KB 18KB
Shared Fisheries public discussion paper – an interpretation and summary with comment. Shaping the shared fishery. Why change things? About this paper. How will final decisions be made?  36 204KB 159KB

Proportional allocation of fisheries resources in NZ - option4 -

  • What is proportional allocation?
  • The history of proportional allocation
  • The Initial Allocation Process
    • The Quota Management System
    • The Quota Appeals Authority
    • Deeming
    • Dumping
  • Maximum sustainable yield
  • Ministry policy is double jeopardy for non-commercial fishers
  • Proportionalism works against conservation
  • Proportionalism may increase wastage
  • Commercial arguments for proportional allocation
  • Compensation
  • Do proportional cuts or increases actually work?
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
12 89KB 42KB

The principal authors of this Preliminary View are (in alphabetical order)

  • Richard Baker – Vice President New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council (NZBGFC), Hokianga Accord contributor
  • Paul Barnes – option4 project team leader, Hokianga Accord contributor
  • John Chibnall – life member of both New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council and New Zealand Recreational Fishing Council, Hokianga Accord contributor
  • Bruce Galloway – legal advisor to option4 and the Hokianga Accord
  • Naida Glavish – Chairperson of Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua, Hokianga Accord contributor
  • John Holdsworth – fisheries science consultant to option4, NZBGFC and the Hokianga Accord
  • Scott Macindoe – option4 spokesperson and Hokianga Accord contributor
  • Trish Rea – coordinator, analyst and researcher for both option4 and Hokianga Accord
  • Jeff Romerill – President of New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council, option4 spokesperson and Hokianga Accord contributor
  • Sonny Tau - Chairman of both Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi and the Hokianga Accord
  • Kim Walshe – fisheries management advisor to option4, Hokianga Accord and NZBGFC - member of the Recreational Fisheries Ministerial Advisory Committee 
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