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Draft National Inshore Finfish Fisheries Plan

Update – 10 February 2020

Consultation extended

Public consultation on the Draft National Inshore Finfish Fisheries Plan has been extended by a week. Submissions now close on Wednesday, 19 February 2020.

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback on a Draft National Inshore Finfish Fisheries Plan (the Draft Plan). Submissions are open until 19 February 2020.

Fisheries plans set the high-level direction and overarching framework for managing fisheries. Plans provide for greater participation, certainty, transparency, and accountability to New Zealanders for how fisheries are managed.

This Draft Plan sets out how Fisheries New Zealand intends to transform and improve the management of New Zealand’s inshore finfish fisheries.

We want to hear your thoughts on the proposals to:

  • advance New Zealand towards ecosystem-based fisheries management
  • provide for enhanced tangata whenua, stakeholder, and community participation in fisheries management and planning
  • improve our environmental performance
  • provide greater transparency, accountability, and certainty for the sustainable use of our inshore fisheries.

Consultation document

Draft National Inshore Finfish Fisheries Plan [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Related information

Overview of the Draft Plan – infographic [PDF, 443 KB]

Background to consultation

The new Draft National Inshore Finfish Fisheries Plan will guide the operational management of inshore finfish fisheries for the next 5 years. Fisheries plans are provided for under section 11A of the Fisheries Act 1996.

The Draft Plan has been developed following a robust process involving commercial, recreational, and environmental sectors. We want feedback on the ambition and approaches outlined in the Draft Plan.

Following the consultation, a final National Inshore Finfish Fisheries Plan will be approved by the Minister of Fisheries.

Media release about the plan and the consultation

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the consultation document by 5pm on 19 February 2020 to

In your submission, include:

  • 'National Inshore Finfish Fisheries Plan' in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title (if applicable)
  • your organisation's name (if applicable)
  • your address.

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Inshore Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include, it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.