New Zealand’s Department of Conservation has made available at its website the draft Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2023/24. The draft plan contains research proposals that will be subject to cost recovery from the commercial fishing industry.
As stated on the DOC website:
The Conservation Services Programme (CSP) is DOC’s primary mechanism to understand and address fishing related threats to protected species. A proportion of funding required to investigate and mitigate the impacts of fishing on protected species of marine wildlife (Conservation Services) is recovered from the domestic commercial fishing industry as outlined in the CSP Annual Plan.
CSP is legislated to undertake and recover the costs of research related to Conservation Services from the commercial fishing sector. Under the Fisheries Act 1996, Conservation Services are defined as outputs produced in relation to the adverse effects of commercial fishing on protected species, as agreed between the Minister responsible for the administration of the Conservation Act 1987 and the Director-General of the Department of Conservation, including:
(a) research relating to those effects on protected species:
(b) research on measures to mitigate the adverse effects of commercial fishing on protected species:
Download the draft plan here, Draft Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2023/24 (PDF, 976K)
Stakeholder submissions will be used to finalise the draft Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2023/24. The draft plan will then be presented to the Minister of Conservation for consideration and, if agreed, approval.
1 May 2023