Some opposition MPs take to their new roles swimmingly. It is hard to imagine that these politicians ever did anything else but criticise others for not solving problems. Which would be fine if those very problems had not been presided over by their own party for nine years. The prime example is Gerry Brownlee. The former foreign minister is now spokesperson for, among other things, fisheries. Read more
Dr Randall Bess
Randall has researched and published articles on New Zealand’s management of fisheries, including the seafood industry and conflicts between the commercial and non-commercial fishing sectors. He also worked for the former Ministry of Fisheries (and the Ministry for Primary Industries) for 13 years. Before immigrating to New Zealand, he commercially fished in Alaska.
At the Initiative, Randall is the Research Fellow for our fisheries project. This work involves a series of three reports that contribute to the debate on what needs to be fixed within the recreational fishing space. When the project ends, policy recommendations will be made to the new government.
Randall is available to comment on recent developments for addressing growing pressures on limited fisheries resources. The aim of these developments is to better ensure recreational fishing remains an enjoyable pastime and source of food for many New Zealanders. He can also speak about how recreational fisheries are managed overseas, having visited several locations abroad for his second report.
The Future Catch: Preserving Recreational Fisheries for the Next Generation (2017)
The Overseas Catch: The state of recreational fisheries management abroad (2017)
What's the Catch?: The state of recreational fisheries management in New Zealand (2016)
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How can we preserve our fisheries now and into the future?Our Research Fellow, Dr Randall Bess, talks to Breakfast's Jack Tame about his latest report, The Future Catch.Read The Future Catch here: http://bit.ly/2Avuv95 Read more
In his new report 'The Future Catch', Dr Randall Bess is calling for a peak body to be set up to influence policy around recreational fishing to ensure future generations will be able to fish. Duncan Garner interviews Dr Randall Bess on The AM Show about his recommendations. Read more
Many New Zealanders love to fish. With the tenth longest coastline in the world, hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders fish recreationally each year in inshore waters. Read more
Dr Randall Bess discusses on Newshub the recommendations in his latest report 'The Future Catch'. He is calling for a peak recreational fishing body to help make and influence policy. Read more
On 4 December we launched the third report in our Fisheries Project series, The Future Catch.You can read our report and its recommendations here. Read more
Increasingly, we are hearing recreational fishers are frustrated about the depletion of some fisheries compared with what they experienced in the past. Also, tensions and conflicts between recreational, commercial and customary fishers are intensifying as they compete for limited fisheries resources. Each fishing sector shares an interest in taking more from a fishery, and they value their share quite differently. The aim of the New Zealand Initiative’s fisheries project is to find ways to preserve fishing for food and fun... Read more
This article originally appeared in the October 2017 edition of Seafood New Zealand magazine, available here. Read more
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With some exceptions, there is a distinct lack of co-operation among the various interests in New Zealand’s inshore fisheries. The lack of co-operation worsens as competition increases for limited fisheries resources. This is largely due to each interest asserting its rights of access to the resources prevail over others. There is no easy solution to this standoff. It is a classic game-theory problem known as the game of chicken, which was first popularised in the movie, Rebel Without a Cause. Read more
The New Zealand Initiative's Dr Randall Bess and Geoff Rowling from Our Fishing Future, speak to Radio New Zealand about the future of recreational fishing in New Zealand. Throughout August and September, Dr Bess will be travelling the country holding public meetings to gather feedback from local fishing communities and discuss the draft recommendations in his latest report, 'The Future Catch: Preserving Recreational Fisheries for the Next Generation'. Read more
Ahead of the Future of Recreational Fishing public meeting in Christchurch, Dr Randall Bess is interviewed by Newstalk ZB. On Wednesday 23 August he visits the Woolston Club to hear the ideas and opinions of the New Zealand recreational fishing community in Christchurch. Read more
Research Fellow Randall Bess talks on Radio Ngati Porou about the future of Recreational Fisheries and his latest report. Read more
Originally published in Seafood New Zealand, August 2017. Read more
Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders fish each year. Fishing is integral to the Kiwi way of life.We know fishing provides social, cultural and psychological benefits. It also provides economic benefits but there is much misinformation about these benefits.Nonetheless, fishing for fun and food remains a low priority for management purposes. In contrast, commercial fishing attracts the bulk of management attention.Funding differences explain the discrepancy between the management of recreational and commercial fisheries. Read more