Kia ora and welcome to the second edition of the State of Our Fisheries.
This edition continues the story of New Zealand’s fisheries, recording developments from the past two years in this sector – one that is such an important source of mana, enjoyment, food, and jobs for New Zealanders, as well as export revenue for our country.
Over time this series will build that knowledge. It will provide the people of New Zealand with a reference tool they can use to learn about our diverse and, often, unique fisheries, and help them take part in the public discussions on fisheries issues.
In our rapidly changing world, information and the understanding that we can gain from it is critical for making good decisions. Throughout this edition you will see that research and consultation are two key
threads to fisheries management. That is because reaching a mutual understanding of the opportunities within, and the threats to our aquatic environment is the critical step in sustainably managing our fisheries.
We must also seek a shared resolve to address the issues that face not only New Zealand, but the rest of the world. Fisheries are more than a domestic concern. Globally they are of vital importance; socially, economically and culturally.
There continue to be opportunities for New Zealanders to take part in discussions about how best to manage this shared interest and to do so in a way that is distinctly ours, helping to build our reputation for strong fisheries management.
Hon. Jim Anderton
Minister of Fisheries
"Fisheries are more than a domestic concern.
Globally they are of vital importance; socially, economically and culturally."