This Initial Position Paper (IPP) provides you with the Ministry of Fisheries’ (MFish) initial position on those regulatory measures that MFish is reviewing for 1 June 2009. This IPP has been developed for the purpose of consultation as required under the Fisheries Act 1996 (the Act). MFish emphasises the views and recommendations outlined in each paper are preliminary and are provided as a basis for consultation with stakeholders. Introduction (PDF 23KB) Net Mesh Minimum (PDF 251KB) Species Codes (PDF 231KB) Review of Observer Fees (PDF 210KB) Southland and Sub Antarctic Co-ordinates Changes (PDF 199KB) Review of Potting Definitions (PDF 286KB) Recreational Charter vessels (PDF 225KB) Full IPP document (PDF 1.15MB) Stakeholder letter (PDF 83KB)There has been an extension of the consultation period for the IPP. All written submissions on the must be received by MFish by Monday, 17 November 2008.If you intend to make a submission but need an extension of time, please contact: Tracey Steel, Ph (04) 819 4548 Late submissions may not be able to be considered for the Final Advice Paper. Written submissions should be sent directly to: Tracey Steel, Ministry of Fisheries, P O Box 1020, Wellington; or faxed to 04 819 4208 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org In respect of the 'Net Mesh Minima' proposal there has been some confusion about whether the Department of Conservation (DoC) was consulted on this IPP before its release. MFish did not consult with DoC before its release and we regret any confusion if stakeholders believed this has happened. MFish will actively involve DoC in any final advice on this issue.All submissions are subject to the Official Information Act 1982 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 1982.