Draft Chatham Islands (PAU4) Fisheries plan

Closing Date:
Contact: Fisheries management team

Background to consultation

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback on a draft Chatham Islands (PAU4) Fisheries plan which has been developed by the Pāua Industry Council, with support from the Chatham Islands community, local iwi and imi, and Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Māori Fisheries Trust).

Pāua on the Chatham Islands are highly valued by customary and recreational fishers and the fishery is New Zealand's largest commercial pāua fishery. Earlier this year, the Pāua Industry Council began developing a draft fisheries plan for PAU4 for consideration under section 11A of the Fisheries Act 1996. Under this section of the Act, the Minister of Fisheries may approve a fisheries plan including objectives, strategies, and performance criteria, to support the purpose and principles of the Act.

What is being proposed?

Voluntary arrangements have been part of the pāua industry's management and decision making in the PAU4 fishery for many years. The pāua industry is seeking to make these arrangements more formal by developing a fisheries plan for consideration under section 11A of the Fisheries Act 1996.

Amongst other matters, the plan proposes more responsive and finer-scale management, and that the shelving of Annual Catch Entitlement (ACE) be recognised as a management tool for the fishery, to be taken into account in future sustainability decisions for this fishery.

Fisheries New Zealand has added a cover paper to the draft plan. The cover paper outlines Fisheries New Zealand's initial position on the draft plan in its current form.

Consultation document

If you can't open the document or would like printed copies, email FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

Making your submission

Consultation on the proposed changes closes at 5pm on 20 July 2018.

Email your submission to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

While we prefer email, you can post written submissions to:

Inshore Fisheries Management
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it (refer to 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. However, any decision Fisheries New Zealand makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

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