11 Apr 2016

NZ to provide models on fisheries management

2:43 pm on 11 April 2016

Pacific fisheries ministers gather in Wellington this week where the virtues of New Zealand's catch based fisheries management system will be extolled.

New Zealand offered the region $US34 million last year to support the development of a catch based system and this is the motivation for the ministers' visit.

The New Zealand foreign minister Murray McCully said a catch-based system provided the information needed to control illegal fishing and more effectively manage the resource.

fishing boat

Photo: PHOTO NZ

The Forum Fisheries Agency supports catch-based management but its director James Movick said there was room for several approaches, and he was sure New Zealand was not being prescriptive in its approach.

"I don't think this is an attempt to force this down everybody's throat but rather to say this is what we do have, this is how it has benefitted us. You might want to consider some of the lessons that we have learned, some of the models that we use."

The ministers come from the Cook Islands, Niue, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Tokelau, Samoa, Tuvalu and the Federated States of Micronesia.