In September 2014 the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council ratified a policy to guide advocacy and describe our aspriations for the future management of Fisheries Management Area 1 (FMA1). The Council and affiliated members can use this policy when advocating for their interests.
There are several processes underway that need to consider the broader management of FMA1, rather than focussing on managing single species such as snapper. A strategic management plan for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and individual fish stocks cannot be contemplated without considering every other part of the FMA1 ecosystem. This policy supports and explains the need to apply a more integrated and precautionary approach when managing our marine resources in FMA1.
The principles in this policy could be applied to other fisheries management areas (FMAs) around the country.
Download a copy of the Fisheries Management Area 1 (FMA1) policy here.
To rebuild the inshore marine ecosystem of Fisheries Management Area 1 (FMA1) through diversity and abundance.
Exploitation of the seas surrounding New Zealand has occurred over a very short timeframe. Fisheries Management Area 1 (FMA1), between North Cape and the eastern Bay of Plenty, has been exploited for commercial reasons for more than a century. Bulk commercial harvesting has been common. Increased industrialisation from the 1950s has seen a subsequent loss of productivity within FMA1.
In only a couple of generations our understanding has shifted, from earlier notions of inexhaustible abundance to contemporary efforts at stock assessment and fisheries management.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council seeks to restore the abundance and diversity of FMA1, by supporting the implementation of a range of measures that will rebuild the inshore marine ecosystem.
We must manage our marine environment to ensure we provide future generations the opportunities and resources we so gratefully inherited.
Ecosystem-based management is an integrated approach to management that considers the entire ecosystem, including humans. The goal of ecosystem-based management is to maintain an ecosystem in a healthy, productive and resilient condition so that it can provide the services humans want and need.
Ecosystem-based management differs from current approaches that usually focus on single species, sector, fishing method or concern; it considers the cumulative impacts of different sectors.
There is growing international and public support for fisheries managers to take a more conservative, ecosystem approach to management. This approach can be achieved by comprehensively applying the Purpose and Principles in Part 2 of the Fisheries Act 1996.