2. STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
Mfish's direction is determined primarily by the Fisheries Act 1996, Government policy statements, and the Mfish Strategic Plan 2003-2008. The Statement of Intent (SOI) sets out Mfish's programme to implement this direction.
2.1 Mfish Strategic Plan
The five-year Mfish strategic plan for the period 2003 to 2008 was released in early 2003.
The strategic plan will guide Mfish's business planning and decision-making, and the services we provide as our contribution to fisheries management and marine biosecurity.
The plan sets out a single goal for the fishery:
Maximise the value New Zealanders obtain through the sustainable use of fishery resources and protection of the aquatic environment.
This in turn is supported by three underlying strategies:
- protect the health of the aquatic environment by:
- developing and implementing frameworks and processes to:
- manage the effects of fishing on the aquatic environment
- maintain marine biodiversity and aquatic habitats
- avoid or manage marine biosecurity risks
- allow the government or stakeholders to take action against those who degrade the aquatic environment.
- enabling New Zealanders to participate effectively in developing policies, frameworks, and standards to manage effects on, and protect, the aquatic environment.
- enable people to get the best value from the sustainable and efficient use of fisheries by:
- better defining and integrating the rights and obligations of commercial, customary, recreational, and other users and allocating those rights and obligations
- maintaining the integrity of policies, frameworks, and processes to support the rights and obligations associated with fisheries use and conservation
- developing institutional frameworks and capacity for fisheries stakeholders and the public to participate effectively in fisheries management
- enabling New Zealanders to participate effectively in developing frameworks and processes for using fisheries resources and making decisions.
- ensure the Crown delivers on its obligations to Maori with respect to fisheries by:
- establishing and maintaining effective relationships
- developing frameworks and processes to implement the 1992 Fisheries Deed of Settlement
- ensuring contemporary grievances are not created.
The Mfish mission is To be the guardian of the multitudes of Tangaroa. This is reflected in the Māori name for Mfish - Te Tautiaki i nga tini a Tangaroa.