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The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council’s Policy group is New Zealand’s leading provider of policy advice to the commercial seafood sector, including both fishing and aquaculture. Working with the Council’s Board, seafood industry groups, government agencies and other stakeholders, the policy team identifies, and helps the industry take advantage of, opportunities for growth and development while ensuring the sustainability of fisheries resources.

The Policy group supports the seafood industry by providing policy advice to industry and government on:

Strategic Policy
Consultation
Property Rights
Fisheries Management and the Environment
Legislation
Current policy issues
The Policy group may be involved in a number of issues at any one time that are important or relevant to the seafood industry. At present there is a focus on:

Shared Fisheries Policy
Industry Development & Tools for Collective Action
Energy Efficiency
Strategic Policy
The industry needs to anticipate and respond to changes in its operating environment. The Policy group is meeting this challenge with a range of strategic policy programmes based on the Industry Development Framework.
Consultation
Consultation is at the heart of modern fisheries management. The Policy group makes sure the industry’s voice is heard in the various consultation processes run by central government. This ensures active participation in such key areas as required fisheries services and conservation services, cost-recovery and sustainability measures. We also provide assistance to industry groups involved in regional planning processes – for example, in the establishment of Aquaculture Management Areas (AMAs).
Property Rights
Strong and clear harvesting rights ensure sustainable and profitable fisheries and aquaculture. The Policy group advises the industry on all issues with property rights implications.
The group’s focus is on developing policies to improve the definition and integration of the rights of all those who have an interest in the marine environment. Marine protected areas, oceans policy, customary fishing rights and improving the management of recreational fishing are some of the issues that we are involved in. We also provide assistance to industry groups who may be affected by local issues such as new marine reserve proposals.

Fisheries Management and the Environment

The Policy group assists in the preparation of industry fisheries plans and promotes a collaborative approach to fisheries management between industry, government and other stakeholders.
Good environmental performance safeguards the industry’s future. The Policy group assists the industry to adopt a strategic and pro-active approach to managing any adverse effects of fishing, as part of our overall engagement in responsible fisheries management.

Legislation
Input into the laws that affect fisheries is crucial. The Policy group ensures that the industry maintains a role in shaping all new legislation relevant to the industry and helping implement the Fisheries Act 1996.

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