Seafood New Zealand Friday Update 11 December 2015



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Friday, December 11, 2015



Fisheries review opportunity to set world benchmark once again

     Submissions on the Ministry for Primary Industries’ review of fisheries management close today.
     The thrust of the seafood industry’s extensive submission is that it is time to move beyond the Quota Management System, which has served us well, to add more value.
     That will require more sophisticated, fine scale management and direct control of harvesting activity, still within Government-set sustainability standards.
     The potential benefits are huge.
     They include:
•   greater certainty for government and quota owners, leading to higher business confidence; 
•   more efficient, cost-effective and flexible fisheries management and service delivery; 
•   more seafood-related jobs across New Zealand, particularly in coastal communities and regions that currently struggle to achieve a spread of successful business opportunities; 
•   a significant boost to Māori economic development as an integral part of a successful seafood industry;
•   enhanced ability for the seafood sector to produce high-value products that are responsive to market demands, thereby increasing export revenue; and
•   higher levels of collaboration within the seafood sector, between the seafood sector and Government, and with communities and groups who share interests in New Zealand’s fisheries resources.
    An updated legislative framework that enables smarter, more efficient fisheries management under appropriate governance is the key to maximising returns
    The operational review was announced by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy at the Seafood NZ conference in Wellington in August.
    He said then that while the fundamentals of the QMS are sound, it was timely to refresh given the Fisheries Act was now 19 years old.
    “This operational review will help strengthen public confidence and social licence for fishing and foster community support by providing opportunities for involvement in local area management,” he said.
    “This is a high level review and, as such, it won’t be getting into the detail of things like bag limits or quotas.      
    The review will not undermine existing rights and interests of commercial, customary and recreational fishers, Treaty settlements or core elements of the QMS.”
    This review is separate from, but runs parallel to, reviews of cost recovery first principles across the primary sector plus a fisheries specific review aimed at the 2016-17 levy round.
    Following what MPI has termed the “what we hear” phase, the feedback from all stakeholders will be collated into a report and feedback sought.
    The filtering process is not clear but, presumably, all submissions outside the scope of the review will be politely discarded.
    That should take care of the anti-fishing lobby.
    Officials will then prepare an options paper that could include any or all of changes to fisheries management processes within the current legislation, regulatory change and amendments to the Fisheries Act.
    There is a lot at stake.
    The current process offers the best opportunity in a generation to take New Zealand fisheries to another level and again set a world benchmark.
Tim Pankhurst



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Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd CE Carl Carrington (left) and Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy open the Chatham Islands factory.


Chathams' new AFL factory open

Scoop (December 9) reported on the opening of the new Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd factory on the Chatham Islands by the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy. The $3m commitment by Aotearoa Fisheries to rebuilding its factory in the Chatham Islands goes hand in hand with the pledge from Government to invest $52m upgrading Waitangi Wharf. Aotearoa Fisheries Chief Executive Carl Carrington said this was the company’s first major investment on the Chatham Islands since the lobster plant 15 years ago, and cements its long-term commitment not only to the economy, but to the fishery, community and the local Hokotehi Moriori Trust and Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi. 
With the new factory’s export capability, it will provide ongoing and increased employment in the long term, have a positive spin off for other industries such as shipping and aviation, and enable premium seafood such as blue cod, lobster and paua to be showcased in global markets.
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New directors on AFL board

Waatea News (December 1) reported on Te Ohu Kaimoana's two new directors on the Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd Board, Craig Ellison and Rachel Taulelei. Ellison is also the executive chair of Ngai Tahu Seafood Ltd and chair of the New Zealand Seafood Standards Council, while Taulelei is the founder of Wellington-based seafood supplier Yellow Brick Road, and was recently appointed
chief executive of food and beverage company Kono NZ.
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Good management, not exclusion

Otago Daily Times (December 9) published an opinion piece by Paua Industry Council Chairman Storm Stanley, rejecting the view that ‘‘marine reserves are the only gold-plated insurance policy to ensure survival of paua''. Stanley said Australia and New Zealand have healthy abalone (paua) fisheries because long-term sustainability of these fisheries is ensured by good management, not by marine closures, or fishing exclusions.
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Watch Ngati Rehua welcome the taiko or black petrel to
Great Barrier Island for the 2015 breeding season.