Submissions closed 10 am, 25 May 2021.
Threats to marine protected species
New Zealand is a maritime nation with the 4th largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the world. Our waters are the home of many protected marine species:
- all marine mammals
- all seabirds (except black backed gulls)
- all marine reptiles
- black corals (all species in the order Antipatharia)
- gorgonian corals (all species in the order Alcyonacea)
- stony corals (all species in the order Scleractinia)
- hydrocorals (all species in the family Stylasteridae)
- nine fish (deepwater nurse shark, white pointer shark, whale shark, basking shark, oceanic white-tip shark, manta ray, spinetail devil ray, giant grouper and spotted black grouper)
These waters also provide for important commercial, recreational and customary fishing resources.
Marine protected species can be threatened by commercial fishing via:
- Direct impacts include being caught, injured, or killed in nets or on hooks. Benthic species may also be impacted by bottom trawlers and other fishing methods operating on or near the seabed.
- Indirect impacts such as habitat modification, food competition and behaviour modification of protected species may also occur. These impacts may compromise the viability or recovery of protected species populations.
Managing fishing related threats to marine species
Role of Conservation Services Programme (CSP)
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:
DOC's bycatch programme
The draft CSP Annual Plan 2021/22 is one component of DOC’s wider bycatch programme and describes proposed conservation services for the 2021/22 financial year.
DOC has established a more extensive fisheries bycatch programme as a result of the availability of additional funding through Biodiversity Budget 2018.
Other priority work (funding dependant) that is being proposed to be delivered through DOC’s bycatch programme (but not levied as “conservation services”) includes, but is not limited to:
- Auckland Island priority seabird research (e.g. Gibson’s albatross, white-capped albatross, and light mantled sooty albatross)
- Campbell Island priority seabird research (e.g. Southern royal albatross)
- Protected fish & marine reptile priority research
- Protected coral priority research
- Priority work on the indirect effects of fishing on protected species
- Hoiho priority recovery work
- Antipodean albatross priority recovery work
- Māui & Hector’s dolphin priority recovery work
- Expansion of the existing protected species liaison officer work
- Work on a recreational fishing bycatch programme
- Additional research into improved bycatch mitigation
- Expanded international collaboration to enhance complementary bycatch reduction initiatives beyond New Zealand waters, such as support of Pacific port-based bycatch outreach programmes
For a summary of the legal basis of levied work described in this Annual Plan, refer to the CSP Strategic Statement (PDF, 347 K).
Download the draft plan
Make a submission
Email submissions to email@example.com by 10 am on 25 May 2021.
Stakeholder submissions will be used to finalise the draft Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2021/22. The draft plan will then be presented to the Minister of Conservation for consideration and, if agreed, approval.
Conservation Services Programme
Department of Conservation
PO Box 10-420