The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is looking for public feedback on a review to help future-proof New Zealand's fisheries management system.
The review will provide an opportunity to think more broadly about our key processes, regulatory and legislative settings, says MPI's director of sector policy, Jarred Mair.
"Looking after New Zealand's fisheries is everybody's responsibility. Your contribution to this review will help us complete the picture of what's working and what's not so we can see where we can make positive change.
"It's important to know that we're coming from an already strong position. Our fisheries management system is considered world-leading and scientific assessments show that overall our fisheries are sustainable.
"There will be plenty of opportunity for people to have their say throughout this process. The first phase of the review, beginning now, is about gathering information from stakeholders and the public about what is working and what might be priorities for change.
"We'll then summarise what we've heard and bring that back for feedback in early 2016. If it is decided that change is needed, MPI will develop proposals and there will be another opportunity to have your say.
"The fundamentals of our system are sound, and overall New Zealand's fish stocks are in good shape, so we won't be looking to make changes to core elements of the quota management system. Similarly, the existing rights and interests of recreational, customary and commercial fishers, as well as Treaty settlements, are not in scope.
"We look forward to hearing what you have to say so we can ensure the system continues to deliver for current and future generations."