3. Strategic direction
3.1 Contribution to government priorities
The government's priorities are economic transformation,
families - young and old, and national identity. As a natural
resource department, the Ministry has a role to play in the
economic transformation and national identity priorities.
3.1.1 Economic Transformation
The Ministry contributes to two economic transformation sub-themes:
improving the sustainable use and management of natural
increasing the international connection of firms.
In the area of economic transformation, we will:
Manage New Zealand fisheries to support a globally-competitive,
sustainable fishing industry.
Seek improved international market access for New Zealand
seafood through reduction of trade barriers and encouraging
certification of product from sustainable fisheries and
Promote and support the development of sustainable
Establish, and give effect to, environmental performance
standards for fishing.
3.1.2 National Identity
The Ministry contributes to five national identity sub-themes:
- recreation, conservation and the environment
- promoting effective international rules
- rules-based systems that support
security and prosperity and promote New Zealand values
- eliminating poverty through
In the area of national identity, we will:
- Provide for amateur fishing values.
- Work with the Department of Conservation and communities to
implement the Marine Protected Areas Policy.
Work with iwi to deliver on our Treaty and settlement obligations
in relation to fisheries and aquaculture.
- Support settlement negotiations.
- Promote responsible fishing in the Pacific and high seas.
- Build capacity in fisheries management in Pacific Island nations.
- Deliver services to promote compliance with fishing rules in
the commercial, amateur and customary sectors, and to deter
poaching and black market operations.