5. Managing in a changeable environment
Outcome 1: Protecting the environment
Risks to achieving protection of the environment relate to:
- overfishing of target stocks
- adverse impacts of fishing on the ecosystem.
These risks arise primarily from:
- insufficient or inaccurate information on catch and the impact of fishing on stocks and the environment
- uncertainty in estimates of stock abundance
- non-compliance, in particular uncertainty about the level of non-compliance with particular rules.
Environmental risks are managed through a series of activities and services:
- research planning processes to identify required projects and priorities for each year
- fish stock assessment working groups that evaluate research and catch information
- information reported by commercial fishers in their statutory catch returns
- information gathered by the Ministry’s Compliance and Observer staff
- advice to the Minister of Fisheries on sustainability measures, which must take into account the trade off between quality/cost of information and confidence about sustainable catch limits
- advice to government in policy and legal reforms to improve environmental outcomes.