Departmental Output Expense - Fisheries Compliance
This output class covers the outputs that promote compliance with fisheries laws and lead to detection of those involved in illegal fisheries activities.
The objectives are to:
promote voluntary compliance
monitor fishing-related activities
detect non-compliance with fisheries policies
take enforcement steps where appropriate
collate and provide information on non-compliance to support policy and regulatory decision-making processes
provide recommendations for prosecution
successfully prosecute those who have offended against fisheries laws.
In 2006/07, the appropriation for this departmental output expense is $29,615,000, a reduction of $127,000 from the 2005/06 SOI.
Explanation of year-on-year changes
Customary fishing rules enforced and Recreational fishing rules enforced
Now amalgamated into a new single output named Non-commercial fisheries compliance.
Poaching and black market activities deterred
The funding level reflects the Minister's requirement for increased effort in the deterrence of poaching and black market activities, particularly in paua. Along with a small increase $188,000 in funding from the new initiative in Budget 2005, there has also been a reprioritisation of effort and funding away from non-commercial fisheries compliance into this output.
This output expense also includes an additional $125,000 in 2006/07 to enable New Zealand to contribute to a three-year pilot project designed to detect, prevent and eliminate IUU fishing.
Terms used in the following outputs
* The term completed indicates that the investigation file has been closed and all matters subsequent to prosecution have been dealt with in accordance with law and policy.
** The focus of the investigations group will be on serious offending and cases undertaken will be prioritised against the 'risk based compliance strategy', however, it is recognised that some work undertaken will be important and necessary for other reasons.
*** The term finalised indicates that a decision to prosecute has been made and informations have been laid. Alternatively, a decision has been made and documented to finalise the investigation by a means other than prosecution.