Consultation closed: 5 pm, 5 June 2012
DOC sought submissions on the draft Conservation Sevices Programme Annual Plan 2012/13 (PDF, 516K).
Salvin's and white-capped albatrosses attracted to a trawl net
New Zealand is a maritime nation with the fourth largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the world. Our waters are the home of many protected species: over forty cetaceans (whales and dolphins), nine pinnipeds (seals, etc), and more than eighty seabirds have been recorded, as well as a diverse range of corals, protected fish and reptiles. These waters also provide for important commercial, recreational and customary fishing resources.
Marine protected species may be threatened by commercial fishing. Direct impacts include being caught, injured or killed in nets or on hooks. Benthic species may also be impacted by bottom trawlers and other fishing methods operating on or near the seabed. Indirect impacts such as habitat modification, food competition and behaviour modification of protected species may also occur. These impacts may compromise the viability or recovery of protected species populations.
The Conservation Services Programme, administered by Department of Conservation, is legislated to undertake research to understand and address these impacts and to recover the costs of these “conservation services” from the commercial fishing sector.
The draft Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2012/13 describes those services proposed to be delivered as conservation services during the 2012/13 financial year.
The following submissions were received:
Challenger Finfish Management Company Limited and South East Finfish Management Limited (PDF, 269K)
Deepwater Group Limited (PDF, 150K)
Eudyptes Ecoconsulting Limited (PDF, 16K)
Massey University (PDF, 70K)
NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council (PDF, 521K)
Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc (PDF, 188K)
Sanford Limited (PDF, 45K)
Seafood Industry Council (PDF, 484K)
West Coast Te Tai o Poutini Conservation Board (PDF, 69K)
WWF New Zealand (PDF, 78K)
Yellow-eyed Penguin Recovery Group (PDF, 21K)
Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust (PDF, 360K)
View a summary of submissions here (PDF, 76K), including the DOC response to key points raised by submitters.
View the approved plan here.
Any queries should be made by email to email@example.com or directed to:
Manager Marine Species and Threats
Ph: +64 4 471 3081
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