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Fisheries Management Minimize

The Fisheries Management Group is primarily concerned with ensuring that fisheries of national or community significance are managed to obtain maximum benefit on a sustainable basis. This must take into account balanced views of fisheries science, environmental impact, social factors and economic development.

Core Functions

• Developing new and reviewing existing fisheries management plans
• Arranging the design, collection, processing, reporting and publishing of relevant information on marine resources and fisheries
• Liaising with national and international agencies and organizations to access research and development expertise and information
• Working closely with Provincial and Industry Liaison to ensure resource owners, developers and provincial governments understand the requirements of relevant fisheries management plans
• Approving, arranging or facilitating research required for the effective development and management of marine resources and fisheries
• Facilitate environmentally sustainable aquaculture for both commercial and subsistence purposes

Priority Objectives

• To Develop new fisheries management plans and regularly review existing plans to provide clear and enforceable management guidelines
• To develop national sustainable aquaculture and inland fisheries for both subsistence and commercial purposes
• To contribute to the sustainable management of highly migratory fisheries resources in the Western Central Pacific region

Priority Actions

 Establishing representative management advisory committees for designated fisheries and actively consulting with these and other industry groups to consider their interest when developing or reviewing fisheries management plans;
 Actively consulting with provinces and communities to consider their interests when developing and reviewing fisheries management plans;
 Developing regional policies and management measures through the Coral Triangle Group to ensure sustainability of coral environments and fishery resources within the region;
 Ongoing consultation with stakeholders to promote sustainable fisheries and identify opportunities for potential new fishery and aquaculture development;
 Undertake a consultative review of the NFA aquaculture policy so as to better reflect domestic and global trends in aquaculture.
 Facilitate and undertake research and projects in collaboration with international and national stakeholders to overcome challenges in aquaculture development.
 Work with stakeholders to develop and facilitate training and skill development opportunities to increase human resource capacity in relation to aquaculture development demands
 Implement WCPFC conservation and management measures
 Undertake collaborative projects and research with national and international stakeholders to address regional management requirements.
 Actively participate in relevant national, regional and international meetings and forums,
 Establish internship positions within the organisational structure so as to provide opportunities for graduate development and improved succession planning

Key Performance Indicators

 Annual targets for Management Plan reviews and new plan establishment are met and stakeholder satisfaction with Management Plan consultation and implementation is reported to the NFA Board and positively endorsed
 Successful implementation of strategic aquaculture research activities and enhancement projects is documented and reported to the NFA Board with positive endorsement
 The NFA leadership role in key regional consultations and meetings is documented and reported to the NFA Board with positive endorsement