On this page:
- A message from the minister
- What is proposed?
- Why are we proposing change?
- Why your feedback is important
- Consultation documents, summaries, and questions and answers
- Attend a public meeting
- Make your submission
- Submissions are public information
Video – Your fisheries, your say (1:40)
Fisheries New Zealand is consulting on proposals to reshape, improve, and modernise the management of New Zealand’s fisheries to enhance sustainability and improve incentives for good fishing practice by commercial fishers. Hear from Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash about this consultation.
[Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Fisheries] My name is Stuart Nash.
I'm the Minister of Fisheries, and I need your input on a really important issue that we're facing at the moment.
[Footage of seaside locations and boats.]
Our ocean is a precious resource.
It carries great cultural value for the way we think about ourselves and our country. In purely commercial terms, the oceans account for more than $4 billion in exports and employ about 16,000 people.
But they're also really important for recreation. They're where we go in summer to swim.
If you're a recreational fisherman, you throw a line off the side of a boat and you catch a feed for your mates and your family.
But what we need to do is look at how we're managing our oceans for the 21st century.
We need to use modern technology to ensure we get the right information in a timely manner.
We need laws and compliance processes to support sustainable fisheries now and for future generations.
[Footage of seaside locations and boats.]
So what we're doing is we're putting out a discussion document.
If you're a commercial fisherman or woman, if you're out there every day working hard to feed your family, this impacts on you.
Or if you're a member of an environmental group and you know about what's happening in our seas.
It's about all New Zealanders.
[Footage of commercial fishing vessels in port.]
We all have a stake in seeing our marine environment carefully managed and protected, and that's why I need to hear from you.
Please have your say.
[Karl Warr, Better Fishing, Napier]: Have your say.
[Kevin Hague, Chief Executive Officer, Forest & Bird]: Have your say.
[Aria Parker, designer and contemporary Māori artist]: Tukuna mai au whakaaro.
[George Elkington, fisher from Mana]: Have your say.
[Graeme Sinclair, recreational fisher]: Have your say.
[Footage of seaside locations.]
[Voiceover:] Ko tā mātou e whai nei, kia tiaki i ā tātou taonga matahiapo, e puta ai ngā hua nui ki te ao.
[Caption: We commit to the careful and sustainable use of our precious resources to provide products of value to the world.]
[Title card: Your Fisheries - your say.
fisheries.govt.nz/haveyoursay] [Voiceover]: Your fisheries – your say.
For more information or to make a submission go to fisheries.govt.nz/haveyoursay
[End of transcript]
Fisheries New Zealand is looking at proposals for:
- amending the rules for commercial fishers that set out what fish must be brought back to port, and what fish can be returned to the sea
- ensuring effective and fair offences and penalties
- streamlining the decision-making process for setting catch limits
- technical fisheries management changes.
Our fisheries management system is based on quota for commercial fishers, and allowances for recreational and customary fishers. When this was introduced it was seen as a bold and innovative system that set a new international standard for effective and efficient fisheries management.
But our system has not kept pace with changes in science and technology, or with the growing interest of New Zealanders and global consumers in where their food comes from. People want greater assurance that our fisheries are sustainable.
While our system has not remained static, changes have largely focused on single issues and have not always taken a broad view of the system and fisheries. This has left areas of inconsistency and complexity in the rules and means our system is not driving good fishing practice as effectively as it could. For example, unnecessary waste of fish and relatively low levels of investment in innovation.
Your feedback will help inform possible policy and regulatory change and ensure we are working to protect our fisheries and marine environment for future generations.
Informed by your feedback on the proposals in this consultation, a later stage will be to consider and consult on appropriate options to improve our monitoring and verification capabilities for commercial fisheries.
These proposed changes will help set us up to explore future steps: enhancing an ecosystem-based approach to managing our marine environment, investing in innovation, and empowering local communities to have greater involvement in the decisions that affect them.
- Discussion paper [PDF, 769 KB]
Summaries of the proposals
- What fish must be landed and what can be returned to the sea [PDF, 98 KB]
- Ensuring effective and fair offences and penalties [PDF, 359 KB]
- More efficient adjustments to catch limits [PDF, 134 KB]
- Technical fisheries management changes [PDF, 385 KB].
We've prepared answers to some questions you might have about the consultation and what’s proposed.
Minimum legal size proposal explained [PDF, 357 KB]
Example of innovation in action
You are invited to attend public meetings to find out more, ask questions, and share your views. Feedback from the meetings and hui will be captured and analysed along with formal submissions.
If you can't attend one of the meetings, download the presentation:
Your fisheries – your say meeting presentation [PDF, 259 KB]
Schedule of public meetings
|11 February||Whangarei||Forum North, 7 Rust Avenue||6pm to 8pm|
|12 February||Auckland||Sudima Hotel Auckland Airport, 18 Airpark Drive, Mangere||6pm to 8pm|
|13 February||Tauranga||Trustpower Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui||6pm to 8pm|
|18 February||Nelson||Monaco Resort, 6 Point Road, Monaco||6pm to 8pm|
|19 February||Christchurch||Atrium In The Park, 455 Hagley Avenue||6pm to 8pm|
|20 February||New Plymouth||Plymouth International Hotel, 220 Courtenay Street||6pm to 8pm|
|21 February||Wellington||Fisheries New Zealand, Charles Fergusson Building, 38 Bowen Street||6pm to 8pm|
|26 February||Dunedin||Edgar Centre, 116 Portsmouth Drive||6pm to 8pm|
|27 February||Napier||Napier Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade||6pm to 8pm|
|28 February||Invercargill||Civic Theatre, 88 Tay Street||6pm to 8pm|
You can make a submission online, by completing a form, by email or post. Submissions close at 5pm on 17 March 2019.
Download and complete this form [PDF, 371 KB]
Email or post
Email your form or other feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
While we prefer you use email, you can post your submission to:
Your fisheries – your say
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) so your submission may become public. The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained 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 that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. Note that any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.