Pacific nations look to NZ for fisheries advice

40 Pacific fisheries ministers and officials are in Wellington for a study tour of New Zealand's approach to catch-based management systems.

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The tour group includes 10 Fisheries Ministers from across the region who will meet Foreign Minister Hon. Murray McCully. It follows a Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) agreement to look at introducing a quota-based system to the region.

PIF leaders want to see an increase in economic benefits from the Pacific's fisheries in the next five years.

Fishing boats currently pay a daily fee to catch as much fish as they like in the region, and concerns about the sustainability of this method have been raised.

The New Zealand Government has committed $50 million to help support the development of a quota system, as well as boosting monitoring and enforcement systems to protect Pacific fish stocks over the next three years.

The Ministers’ four-day programme, starting April 12th, will include a visit to the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology as well as meetings in Auckland and Wellington.