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Information for UAE decisions and aquaculture agreements

The Ministry uses all the available information on fishing activity that is relevant to the six matters under the UAE test as outlined in the UAE test page. Information used includes information held by the Ministry (eg, catch records and reporting, fishing survey data, plenary reports, trawl surveys, institutional knowledge, customary permit information, industry research), as well as any relevant information that is provided in submissions or requested by the Ministry.

Many of the resources the Ministry uses for UAE tests may be helpful to stakeholders when commenting on the effects of a marine farm on fishing. The resources may also be useful to coastal permit applicants when choosing a site for a marine farm. For example, the information could help to identify areas where a marine farm would conflict with fishing activity.

The National Aquatic Biodiversity Information System (NABIS) may be particularly useful for applicants and stakeholders. NABIS is a GIS system that, with use of the NABIS polygon tool, can be used to show the location of a marine farm relative to:

  • fisheries management areas (eg, statistical areas and Fisheries Management Areas)
  • fisheries restrictions and closures
  • commercial fishing activity (catch and effort) by statistical area
  • customary management areas (eg, taiapure, mätaitai)
  • iwi boundaries (rohe)
  • existing marine farms
  • recreational fishing survey zones and surveyed effort

Examples of the type of information shown by the above layers are below. The map layers also have an example of a fictional marine farm that has been mapped using the “Draw polygon” tool.

 Layer of existing marine farms.
Layer of existing marine farms (select any topic in NABIS then in the index of layers select Management - Aquaculture - Marine farms)
Layer of aerial survey of recreational fishing.
Layer of aerial survey of recreational fishing (select any topic in NABIS then in the index of layers select Management – Recreational surveys – aerial survey of recreational fishing)
 Layers of the boundaries of general statistical areas and Fisheries Management Areas (FMAs).
Layers of the boundaries of general statistical areas and Fisheries Management Areas (FMAs) (select any topic in NABIS then in the index of layers select Management - Fisheries administration - Statistical Areas - General statistical areas and Management - Fisheries administration - FMAs - General FMAs)
Layer of commercial catch of snapper by bottom trawl for 2009/2010 by statistical area.
Layer of commercial catch of snapper by bottom trawl for 2009/2010 by statistical area (select any topic in NABIS then in the index of layers select Commercial fishing catch and choose the required fields). The exact catch can be obtained by clicking on the relevant statistical area.
 Layer of commercial fishing restrictions.
Layer of commercial fishing restrictions (select any topic in NABIS then in the index of layers select Management - Fisheries administration - Fisheries restrictions - commercial restrictions, and choose the relevant regional group of restrictions. In the Map Legend window, click on the restriction layer – Data view – to select and show individual restrictions or use the “what’s here?” tool to get a list of regulations that apply at a point and information about the regulation).
Taiapure, Rohe Moana boundaries and mätaitai reserve boundaries.
Taiapure, Rohe Moana boundaries and mätaitai reserve boundaries (select any topic in NABIS then in the index of layers select Management - Customary areas - Rohe Moana boundaries and Mataitai Reserve boundaries and Taiapure)

Links to other publicly available resources for the UAE test are in the first table below.

The second table below contains descriptions and links to information that may be helpful for coastal permit applicants and fishers when negotiating aquaculture agreements.

 
 Sources of information for the UAE test
Fishing Sector Information Access to Information
Commercial Registered aquaculture agreements Request from FishServe
 All Stock assessment plenary reports Filter from Ministry of Fisheries’ InfoSite stock assessment plenaries
All Submissions Appendices of aquaculture decision reports (see aquaculture decision reports in table).
Or, request from Spatial Allocations team (UAE@mpi.govt.nz)
All Recent aquaculture decision reports Links to be added as decisions are made.
Or, request from Spatial Allocations team (UAE@mpi.govt.nz)
All Scientific papers/databases on fish stock abundance and distribution Ministry of Fisheries’ InfoSite document library
All Fisheries Act 1996 Fisheries Act 1996 from legislation.govt.nz



 Sources of information for aquaculture agreements
 
Information Description Access to information Limitations
Quota trade price Quota trade price represents the value of expected future returns on that quota by selling ACE or selling fish caught. That is, similar to the trade in corporate shares, the price for quota will be set by the market. The Blue Book

- A monthly publication from FishServe with quota trading and annual catch entitlement (ACE) trading and catch information from the Annual Catch Entitlement and Quota Share registers.

- Available by subscription in email or book form.

- See FishServe's Services webpage for a list of information contained in the Blue Book and to download a subscription form or contact FishServe.

 
When quota and ACE are traded, quota owners are required to report the volume traded, but there is no requirement to report the price.

Quota and ACE are often traded within related companies for nominal prices, but many trades are reported as either $0 or for very high values (outlier trades). There is no auditing of the prices reported for ACE and Quota trades.

ACE trade price Fishers purchase Annual Catch Entitlement (ACE) from quota owners. The price paid for ACE is a reflection of the expected value of the current year’s fishing. Through the Blue Book FishServe provides quota and ACE trade price data that is already groomed to remove the outlier trades.
Export price Export price represents the total value of sales of fish by licensed fish receivers, fish processors and marine farmers.

Export prices reflect the revenue stream that these parties earn from selling fish, rather than the long term return from owning quota.

Export price data is collected by Statistics New Zealand, and is then groomed by SeaFIC to make the data more user-friendly.
Reports from the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council (SeaFIC).

- Detailed seafood export statistics.
- Monthly reports available through a subscription. Single, customised reports can also be requested, at cost, through SeaFIC’s Information Centre.

- See the Export Statistics page on SeaFIC’s website for more information and sample reports.

Contact SeaFIC’s Information Centre (email info@seafood.co.nz or phone 04 385 4005) to subscribe to the monthly reports or inquire about a customised report.
Export prices are the price set by the international market for fish and do not reflect the price fishers get
paid at the wharf.
Port price Port price represents the value of sales of fish by fishers to licensed fish receivers.

Port prices reflect the revenue fishers earn from landing fish and are not necessarily reflective of the long term return from owning quota.

Port prices are calculated by the Ministry of Fisheries by surveying Licensed Fish Receivers annually to see what they are paying for each species of fish landed to them.
Port prices are not currently published but can be made available subject to the provisions of the Official Information Act 1982. Survey replies on port prices may be skewed because industry participants know they are used to set cost recovery levies.

Port price does not differentiate for the method of harvest (eg, line caught versus net caught), for grade of fish, targeted fish and by-catch, and the impact of business and cost structures.






Updated : 18 February 2013