New Zealand will host the first meeting of the new government of fishers and fisheries managers, to discuss their plans for a sustainable and modern fishery in 2019.
The meeting of New Zealand Fisheries and Oceans Minister Andrew Little and Fisheries Minister John Banks was organised by the New Zealand Government and New Zealand Fishery Management Association (NGMMA).
It will be held in Wellington on Thursday.
“We are working hard to bring a strong New Zealand fishery back to life and we are committed to ensuring the future of New Zealander seafood is secure,” Mr Banks said.
The New Zealand government has announced a $100 million investment to upgrade the country’s coastal fisheries.
The announcement came as Mr Banks unveiled plans for the next phase of the $1.6 billion project, which includes the purchase of 50 boats and the replacement of 60 boats with bigger boats.
The Government has also announced $1 billion in investment to help the country transition to a sustainable fishery and said it was also planning to invest $500 million to help support the development of the National Fishery Information Centre.
Mr Banks said the government would continue to focus on the health and welfare of New Kiwis, while the Fishery Ministers’ Meeting will be the first opportunity for fishers to engage with the new Government.
“New Zealand has a very successful fishery that has produced millions of tonnes of seafood for export around the world, and we want to do our part to keep that going,” he said.
“The next round of discussions between the Fisheries Ministers and the New Kiwi Government will see a lot more details about how we’re going to achieve the vision of a sustainable, modern fisher, one that is safe, sustainable, safe for all of New NZ and a sustainable economy that benefits all New Zealanders.”
The Government also announced a new $200 million fund to support seafood management in the next five years, with more money set to be raised in 2019, and the aim to double the amount of fish exported each year by 2020.
Mr Little said the new funding was an investment in the future.
“It’s about investing in our fisheries and we’re committed to doing that,” he told reporters.
“What we are doing is ensuring we’re investing in the fishing industry in New Zealand and that we’re supporting the fishery management sector to do that.”
Mr Banks, who has been at the helm of the Government since July, said the Government would continue its commitment to fish conservation, which he said was critical to the sustainability of the country.
“I’m proud to have the support of the fishers who will be coming to Wellington to meet with us next week,” he added.
“In 2019 we’ll be bringing our government together to look at ways to achieve sustainable fisheries management and we will be putting forward our plan for how to do it.”
There’s no doubt we’ll have a fish recovery program in place and we’ll continue to work with the fisheries to improve the management of fish.
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