Issues Under Review
When the consultation period has closed and submissions are being reviewed, consultation documents can be found here.
2009-10 SQU6T Operational Plan
The Ministry is consulting on an Initial Position Paper relating to the Operational Plan for the squid fishery around the Auckland Islands (SQU6T).
Initial Position Paper - North Island West Coast Finfish Plan
The Ministry of Fisheries has been working with tangata whenua and stakeholders to develop a number of Fisheries Plans. These plans identify the value different stakeholders obtain from the fishery, set objectives for the fishery to get best value, design the management of the fishery to achieve the objectives and make fisheries management more transparent.
Proposed Marine Protected Areas for the South Island’s West Coast Te Tai o Poutini
The West Coast Marine Protection Forum is seeking public feedback on its proposed package of Marine Protected Areas for the West Coast. This commences with release of a consultation document on Monday 29 June.
Consultation on Marine Protected Areas around the sub Antarctic Islands
Implementing the Marine Protected Areas Policy (MPA Policy) is a joint MFish and DoC initiative. As part of the implementation process, a planning Forum has proposed options for establishing marine protected areas in the Territorial Seas around New Zealand's sub Antarctic Islands.
Consultation Process on Proposed Cost Recovered Fisheries Services and Cost Recovery Levies 2009/10
The Ministry is consulting with commercial stakeholders and other interested stakeholders on the cost recovered fisheries services to be provided for the 2009/10 financial year and the cost recovery levies from 1 October 2009.
Proposed Arahura and Totara/Ross Mataitai Reserves
Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae and Te Runanga o Makaawhio have jointly applied to the Minister of Fisheries to establish a mätaitai reserve at Totara/Ross, and Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae has applied as the sole applicant to establish a mataitai reserve at Arahura.
Carry Forward of Under Caught Paua ACE - 30 September 2009
This Initial Position Paper (IPP) provides you with the Ministry of Fisheries’ (MFish) initial position on Carry Forward of Under Caught Paua ACE.
Review of Regulatory Measures 1 October 2009
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 October 2009.
PAU4 Management by Meatweight 1 October 2009
This Initial Position Paper (IPP) provides you with the Ministry of Fisheries’ (MFish) initial position on PAU4 Management by Meatweight measures that MFish is reviewing for 1 October 2009.
East Otago Taiapure - Local Fishery
This Initial Position Paper (IPP) provides you with the Ministry of Fisheries’ (MFish) initial position on those regulatory measures that MFish is reviewing.
Treaty strategy – input and participation
In the Fisheries Act 1996 (s12), the Minister of Fisheries has an obligation to provide for the input and participation of tangata whenua and have particular regard to Kaitiakitanga before making decisions on sustainability measures.
Mataura River Mataitai - Proposed Bylaws
The Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiaki for the Mataura River Mataitai Reserve proposes bylaws closing the Mataitai Reserve to the taking of tuna (eels) and kanakana (lamprey) and prohibiting the use of fyke nets in the Mataitai.
Review of Regulatory Measures 1 June 2009
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.
Cockle Bay Shellfish Stocks
This paper discusses the concerns about depletion of the shellfish resource, principally cockles, and proposes possible management solutions to address the concern. The paper proposes that MFish recommends to the Minister of Fisheries that he implements a seasonal closure over the summer period from 1 October to 30 April, inclusive.
Review of Sustainability Measures and Other Management Controls for the 2008-09 Fishing Year
This Initial Position Paper (IPP) provides you with the Ministry of Fisheries’ (MFish) initial position on those sustainability measures and other management controls that MFish is reviewing for 1 October 2008.
IPP - Seabird Mitigation Measures for Trawl and Longline Vessels
MFish proposes to amend Regulation 58 of the Fisheries (Commercial Fishing) Regulations 2001 to empower the Chief Executive of MFish to promulgate seabird mitigation measures by circular. These measures would replace the mitigation measures that have been notified in the NZ Gazette.
Proposals for managing fishing-related mortality of seabirds
The seabird standard and revised NPOA Seabirds management framework set out a strategic framework for managing seabird-fishery interactions.
Proposed Fisheries Services for 2008-09
The fisheries services and research projects proposed for the 2008/09 financial year.
MFish has released for stakeholder consultation a package of draft fisheries standards. The first package consists of harvest strategy, consultation and a priority-setting process for the management of non-Quota Management System stocks. Also included is an overview paper setting out the context for developing standards and providing definitions of key terms.