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Recreational fishers should have a proportional share of the catch

To say the new Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, inherited some fisheries management problems is an understatement. The Ministry for Primary Industries and its predecessors have failed to grapple with the misreporting of commercial catch, discarding of unwanted bycatch and the high grading of targeted catch.They have also failed to mitigate the tensions and conflicts arising from the way a fishery's total allowable catch is allocated between competing fishing sectors.These problems can be considered "wicked", or difficult, if not near... Read more

Dr Randall Bess
New Zealand Herald
18 January, 2018

The Future Catch report launch

On Monday 4 December we launched our third report on how we can improve the recreational fishing experience.The panel discussion included Dr Randall Bess (author of the report), Hon. Stuart Nash (Minister of Fisheries), Sir Mark Solomon (Deputy Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana), and Bob Gutsell (Vice President of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council).You can read more about our findings here: Read more

Dr Randall Bess
The New Zealand Initiative
12 January, 2018
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Bite may have to be put on fishers

Recreational fishing in New Zealand’s marine waters is one of the few remaining free-of-charge public goods available to everyone. However, managing fisheries is not costless.Management costs will inevitably be an important consideration for the new Minister of Fisheries, Hon Stuart Nash, as he considers how best to improve inshore fisheries.The costs of managing these fisheries are partly borne by the commercial fishing sector through cost-recovery levies; the remaining costs of management and enforcing rules are borne by taxpayers, though most... Read more

Dr Randall Bess
New Zealand Herald
4 January, 2018
Stuart Nash

National's pretty kettle of fish

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
Insights Newsletter
8 December, 2017
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Dr Randall Bess discusses The Future Catch

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: Read more

Dr Randall Bess
TV1 Breakfast
5 December, 2017
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Randall Bess about the future of recreational fisheries

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

Dr Randall Bess
The AM Show
5 December, 2017

Media release: New Zealand's recreational fishers deserve a better deal

Wellington (4 December 2017): New Zealand’s recreational fishing sector needs a representative peak body to bring all marine fishing interests together to engage with the Minister of Fisheries, the new Ministry of Fisheries and other fishing sectors.There are several options for funding such a peak body. The preferred one is the petrol excise duty that recreational boat-based fishers already pay and get little in the way of benefits. There are other options for funding that could come from fishers. Read more

Media release
4 December, 2017
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New Zealand's opportunity for recreational fishers

New Zealand has a great opportunity to improve the recreational fishing experience for current fishers and the next generation.Dr Andrew Rowland from Recfishwest in Western Australia outlines some of the key policy proposals from our latest report, The Future Catch.Read the report here: Read more

4 December, 2017

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