New Zealand adopts Fisheries 2030
New Zealand Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley on Tuesday released a plan-of-action for future management of the country's fisheries.
The goal of Fisheries 2030 is to maximize the use of fisheries within environmental limits. The plan also calls for New Zealand's aquaculture industry to reach a value of AUD 1 billion (USD 857 million, EUR 588 million) by 2025.
The plan brings existing and future programs together, providing overall direction and enabling the government and fisheries to improve productivity and fisheries management.
"Recent international research places us in the top two marine areas in the world in terms of the way our fisheries are managed," said Heatley. "A framework like this is important for the guidance it provides everyone with an interest in the fisheries sector to make decisions for the future."
"Our precious fisheries resources have the potential to add value in many ways," he added. "Fisheries 2030 will play a role in delivering balance between economic development and sustainability."