Suggested Bibliographic Reference: Challenging New Frontiers in the Global Seafood Sector: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 11-15, 2016. Compiled by Stefani J. Evers and Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2016.
Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, held July 11-15, 2016 at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center (AECC), Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the introduction of New Zealand’s QMS. Over that time the system has evolved into a complex management system. Our fisheries management system is considered world-leading and scientific assessments show that overall our fisheries are sustainably managed and New Zealand is in a strong position. However, it is timely to consider the new challenges facing management in the 21st Century as we reconcile growing tension between the Quota Management System’s (QMS) focus on large management areas, and recreational fishers, iwi and local communities’ desire for greater input and certainty over the management of increasingly smaller areas; community and stakeholder concerns about the impacts of fishing on the marine environment and competing regulatory frameworks; and increasing markets demands for traceability and certification inter alia. These sit alongside the industry’s proposals for a stronger role for quota holders in fisheries management, driven by the issues above and a perceived uncertainty around future access to space and resources, and a desire for lower cost. This paper explores those challenges and the opportunities for future proofing New Zealand’s QMS and sets out some of the broad levers available for responding to them.