Historic management has focused on single stocks such as snapper or kahawai. This Area 1 policy explains the need to rebuild productivity and diversity by considering the entire ecosystem, including humans.Area 1 policy goal – To rebuild the inshore marine ecosystem of Fisheries Management Area 1 through diversity and abundance. Objectives –
- An ecosystem wide management approach is applied in Fisheries Management Area 1 to achieve the National Fisheries Plan’s environmental objectives of sustaining the capacity and integrity of the aquatic environment, habitats and species.
- Double the biomass of fully exploited stocks in Fisheries Management Area 1.
- Develop conservation strategies to maintain productivity and abundance once stock targets are reached.
- Protect inshore benthic communities and habitats from damaging bottom-contact fishing methods including trawling.
- Reduce juvenile mortality, unintended bycatch, and identify and rehabilitate nursery grounds.
- Establish a cost effective fisheries independent monitoring regime to provide better estimates of fish populations and changing abundance in Fisheries Management Area 1.
- Recognise the economic, social and cultural importance of non-commercial fishing in Fisheries Management Area 1.