“Fisheries Inshore New Zealand welcomes the stated purpose of The Future of our Fisheries, that being to ensure the fisheries management system is future-focussed and able to provide for sustainable resource use.”
In late 2016, MPI released a discussion document titled The Future of Our Fisheries which covered a range of strategic and operational matters.
The three strategic areas are focused on a review of the fisheries management system: Maximising Value from our Fisheries: including new rules on discarding, building market position, and delivering value from new or underdeveloped fisheries.
Better Fisheries Information: including the use of cameras and electronic reporting on boats, research and management at finer geographic scales, and using externally-commissioned research.
Agile and Responsive Decision-Making: including more flexible decision making and possibly a new National Fisheries Advisory Council.
The two areas of regulatory change are:
Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS): Proposed regulatory options to implement electronic catch reporting, vessel location information and cameras on all of New Zealand's commercial fishing fleet.
Enabling Innovative Trawl Technology (EITT): Proposed regulatory changes to implement trawling innovations.
Fisheries Inshore New Zealand welcomes the stated purpose of The Future of Our Fisheries, that being to ensure the fisheries management system is future-focussed and able to provide for sustainable resource use. We also welcome a number of the proposals contained in consultation paper. However, New Zealand’s fisheries management regime is complex, and changes need very careful consideration.
Fisheries Inshore New Zealand has contributed to three submissions on this work: two in the initial consultation in late 2015 (a Fisheries Inshore submission and a joint industry submission) and a third on The Future of our Fisheries in late 2016. These submissions detail our views, concerns and suggestions and we look forward to working with MPI to advance this work.