ACE: Annual Catch Entitlement. An entitlement to harvest a quantity of fish, aquatic life, seaweed or other stock, taken in accordance with a fishing permit and any conditions and limitations imposed by or under the Fisheries Act 1996.
Aquatic environment: The natural and biological resources comprising any aquatic ecosystem and including all aquatic life and the oceans, seas, coastal areas, intertidal areas, estuaries, rivers, lakes, and other places where aquatic life exists.
Fisheries plan: A plan approved by the Minister of Fisheries under section 11A of the Fisheries Act 1996. Fisheries plans specify what the government, tangata whenua and stakeholders want to achieve for specific fisheries (the objectives), and associated implementation strategies and services (including research, regulations and compliance) to achieve the objectives.
Fisheries stakeholders: Those groups who derive value from the use of fisheries resources or have a strong interest in the sustainable use of fisheries resources, including commercial and recreational fishers, and environmental interests.
Kaitiaki: A person appointed under the customary fishing regulations who can authorise customary non-commercial food gathering. The term includes Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiaki under the Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1999, and Tangata Kaitiaki/Tiaki under the Fisheries (Kaimoana Customary Fishing) Regulations 1998.
Mātaitai reserve: An identified traditional fishing ground established as a reserve under either the Fisheries (Kaimoana Customary Fishing) Regulations 1998 or the Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1999. A mātaitai reserve may be managed by tangata whenua for non-commercial purposes through bylaws approved by the Minister.
Outcome: A desirable future condition of all or part of the social or physical environment towards which fisheries management effort is directed.
Pou Hononga: Relationship managers appointed to improve the Ministry’s formal relationships with Māori based on the Crown’s obligations under the Deed of Settlement and Treaty of Waitangi settlements.
RFMO: Regional Fisheries Management Organisation is the term used to describe multi-lateral organisations with responsibility for coordinating the management of highly migratory fish stocks (fish that travel through several national management boundaries) and fish stocks that straddle national fisheries management boundaries.
Tangata whenua: In relation to a particular area, means the hapū, or iwi, that is Māori and holds mana whenua (customary authority) over that area.
Standard: A performance level required to be achieved by fishers or fisheries managers.
Taiāpure: Taiāpure/local fisheries are established under Part IX of the Fisheries Act 1996, where a committee nominated by the local Māori community may recommend the making of regulations to manage all types of fishing.