WWF-New Zealand's Submission on the Inshore Fisheries Management Plan
The National Inshore Finfish Fisheries Plan (the inshore plan) is one component of New Zealand’s regime for managing the marine environment. We propose an over-arching vision for Robust and thriving coastal fisheries and marine ecosystems supporting healthy New Zealand communities now and into the future.
Achieving this vision will require:
1) holistic management direct and indirect effects of fishing on stocks, dependent species, habitats and the wider environment; management of other threats from human use of marine spaces (sound impacts from seismic surveying and shipping, seabed mining) and threats from land including sedimentation, chemicals and pollution from urban and rural land-use;
2) Fully enabling authentic Treaty od Waitangi (Treaty) partnerships where there is equal authority-sharing, enabling and resourcing the practice of kaitiakitanga; and
3) Local communities that are engaged and empowered to articulate their needs, values and aspirations with respect to coastal fisheries and ecosystems and ensure management delivers.