Current Issues Slider — 14 December 2017
New body: Fisheries New Zealand

The Minister of Fisheries has announced the creation of a dedicated management body to be known as Fisheries New Zealand.

The planned reorganisation of the Ministry for Primary Industries will create four new branches with a specific focus on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety.

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said, “The establishment of Fisheries New Zealand is a tightly focused change which will go a long way towards improving public confidence in the way fisheries are managed. The reorganisation provides clearer lines of accountability for fisheries management decisions.”

Nash said the changes “strike the optimum balance between enhancing fisheries management while minimising disruption to staff and operations within MPI.”

“It means that as Minister I can have confidence in the way fisheries officials carry out government policy. It means that the many individuals, agencies, iwi and businesses with a stake in fisheries have a clear picture of accountability within the sector.”

“It also means Fisheries New Zealand can be upfront about its work and its expectations for how the fisheries resource is harvested and protected.”

“The new body will work to strengthen relationships with iwi, recreational and commercial fishing representatives, the environmental sector and other local communities.”

Nash called the changes “an important first step towards ensuring a sustainable and abundant fishery.”

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