Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Recreational fishers to get new voice in fisheries

12 January, 2005

Recreational fishers to get new voice in fisheries decision-making

Two new initiatives will give recreational fishers greater input into Fisheries decision-making, says Fisheries Minister David Benson-Pope.

Mr Benson-Pope today announced his intention to establish an independent ministerial recreational fishing advisory panel, as well as the creation of a nationwide network of recreational fishing forums, saying they recognised the importance of recreational fishing to New Zealand society.

The ministerial advisory panel will be an expert group of recreational fishers and will advise the minister directly on the strategic issues confronting the recreational sector.

Mr Benson-Pope says the regional recreational forums have the potential to be as valuable as the regular meetings he has with the seafood industry, which have helped to better understand issues in that sector.

The regional recreational fishing forums will be made up of representatives of local fishing groups. They will contribute knowledge and advice to: the statutory decision-making processes on fisheries; Ministry policy advice to Government; and decisions on the nature and extent of Ministry services such as research and compliance.

"We are committed to all fisheries stakeholders having opportunities to participate in fisheries management processes, such as the establishment of stock strategies, decisions on total allowable catch, and regulations," said Mr Benson-Pope. "These new initiatives will be on top of existing stake holder consultation under the Fisheries Act.

"The regional recreational forums will complement a network of regional forums for Maori customary fishers, which is being established for similar purposes."

Mr Benson-Pope says these new initiatives will build on other commitments he has made to the recreational sector including a new $4million four-year research plan he announced in this year's budget.

"The management of our fisheries resource recognises that commercial, recreational and customary fishers all have a stake. We are trying to get good outcomes for all of them while ensuring the resource remains available for generations to come," said Mr Benson-Pope.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election