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.