2. Nature and scope of functions
2.4 Limits or constraints
In performing our functions, the Ministry faces a number of
significant limits or constraints. These are outlined below:
- Information limits - management decisions may need to be
taken without full information on the state of fisheries or the
consequences of management actions, due to inherent
difficulties and costs of research.
- Deficiencies in the legal framework - including poor integration
with other aquatic resource legislation, barriers to precautionary
decision-making and managing for best value, and inadequate
incentives for stakeholders to invest in cooperative approaches
to manage fisheries.
- Need for improved stakeholder engagement - stakeholder
involvement is critical to:
- promote voluntary compliance by securing support for, or
understanding of, management measures
- reveal value-adding initiatives or opportunities.
- Need for long-term
focus - successful management requires long-term investment to:
- restore depleted fisheries or damaged habitats
- collect relevant time series
- build confidence with stakeholders and between
- build capacity within sector groups for effective
- Need to build constructive stakeholder relationships
and improve Ministry and stakeholder capacity.
In addition the Ministry must work within the limits of its fiscal
constraints. The Fisheries Act 1996 and the Fisheries (Cost Recovery)
Rules 2001 provide for the costs of certain services to be recovered from
the commercial fishing sector. The amounts recovered are between $30 million
and $35 million each year. Principal services that are subject to cost recovery
are fisheries research, observers, commercial fisheries compliance, registry
services, and permit approvals.