Next phase in fisheries management reform

The next phase of reform of the fisheries management system has been launched with a call for public input into new rules for the commercial industry.

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has released a discussion document on proposed changes designed to improve commercial fishing practices.

Stuart Nash says “I have been told by tangata whenua, the commercial fishing industry, recreational fishing groups and environmental organisations that they all want a better fisheries management system.”

He says “Some of the current rules for commercial fishing are complex, open to interpretation, offer few incentives to adopt innovative practices, and may lead to lost economic value and wasted resources.”

The discussion document and information about the public meetings and how to make a submission can be found here

Read the Fisheries New Zealand Discussion Paper 2019/02

Consultation is open until 17 March 2019.