Sym­po­sium facts

NZ Fishing News - - Legasea -

Event: New Zealand Fish­eries Sym­po­sium 2016 When: April 8-10, 2016 Where: Snells Beach, Wark­worth. Why: To de­fine the Econ­omy of Abun­dance and dis­cuss ob­jec­tives and pol­icy set­tings that will de­liver much greater ben­e­fits to New Zealand from our in­shore fish­eries. What next: Pub­lish a sum­mary of dis­cus­sions and con­tinue di­a­logue to re­fine the busi­ness case for re­stored abun­dance in our in­shore wa­ters. We’d also like to thank our sup­port­ers, whose gen­er­ous do­na­tions made this event a suc­cess. And, im­por­tantly, we want to talk with politi­cians, tourism lead­ers and re­source de­ci­sion-mak­ers about the eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able from more abun­dant fish­eries. What you can do: Get in­volved with a New Zealand Sport Fish­ing Coun­cil club or sign up to be a Le­gasea Leg­end (www.le­gasea.co.nz/leg­end).

Your sup­port is vi­tally im­por­tant for these teams as they strive to ed­u­cate the pub­lic and our de­ci­sion-mak­ers about the po­ten­tial eco­nomic, so­cial and cul­tural ben­e­fits as­so­ci­ated with hav­ing more abun­dant fish­eries and a thriv­ing ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment. Barry Tork­ing­ton was chair­man of the New Zealand Fish­eries Sym­po­sium 2016. His com­mit­ment to these dis­cus­sions is un­der­pinned by his con­cern about the lost eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties due to the de­pleted state of our in­shore fish­eries.

“Hav­ing abun­dant fish­eries is the key to our fu­ture fish­ing in­ter­ests and po­ten­tially our na­tion’s next growth cy­cle.”

Barry’s key at­tributes in­clude: clear think­ing; an abil­ity to an­a­lyse pol­icy and man­age­ment pro­pos­als; and ar­tic­u­late the core is­sues. For the past five years he has com­mit­ted his time and re­sources to pro­grammes that seek to re­store abun­dance and pro­duc­tiv­ity to our in­shore ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment.

He hopes this event is the cat­a­lyst for on­go­ing con­struc­tive di­a­logue to achieve the next ma­jor pol­icy shift in New Zealand fish­eries man­age­ment.

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