- The purpose of this Initial Position Paper (IPP) is to seek your views on proposals to amend a series of regulations that are of concern to recreational fishers.
- The IPP has been developed for the purpose of consultation as required under the Fisheries Act 1996. MFish emphasises that the views and recommendations outlined in this paper are preliminary and provided as a basis for consultation with stakeholders.
- The process that is undertaken to develop the initial position in IPPs involves consideration of recent research, analysis of commercial catch data, and any other relevant information. All IPPs have regard to the legal obligations required under the Fisheries Act.
- A standard section outlining MFish’s statutory obligations and policy guidelines for a proposal contained within any IPP is available from MFish should you wish to refer to these matters.
- If you have any questions regarding this IPP you are encouraged to contact Arthur Hore, Senior Fisheries Management Advisor; or Sarah Omundsen, Fisheries Advisor on (09) 820 7771.
- In September 2006, MFish will compile the Final Advice Paper. This document summarises MFish and stakeholder views on those issues being reviewed, and provides final advice and recommendations for each issue. Copies of the Final Advice Paper and subsequently the Minister’s letter setting out his final decisions will be sent to all nationally represented stakeholder groups, and all other stakeholders who expressed an interest in being consulted on particular proposals, as soon as it becomes available.
Deadline for Submissions
- MFish requests that you provide comments on the proposed regulatory amendments no later than 8 September 2006. Written submissions should be sent directly to:
Ministry of Fisheries
PO Box 19747
or emailed to Sarah.Omundsen@fish.govt.nz
- Please note that all submissions are subject to the Official Information Act and can be released, if requested, under the Act. If you have specific reasons for wanting to have your submission withheld, please set out your reasons in the submission. MFish will consider those reasons when making any assessment for the release of submissions if requested under the Official Information Act.