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16 May

Webinar: Developing tools for multi-species fisheries management

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A collaborative research project by Fisheries New Zealand (FNZ) and Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge has explored how mapping and modelling tools can support multi-species finfish management, with a case study focused on the Tasman and Golden Bay snapper fishery.

The Policy and legislation for EBM project aims to develop a research base for policy makers, Māori and stakeholders to navigate the legislative, policy and practice constraints surrounding ecosystem-based management (EBM) and any changes required to enable it.

The project’s recent (full) report on Exploring the use of a system diagram and multi-variate analysis to understand multi-species complexes in fisheries describes the process the project went through and explores how the various tools can support management of multi-species complexes. The process included input from local fishers, kaumātua, Fisheries New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council. Collectively, the group provided knowledge and experience of customary, commercial and recreational fishing, marine environment and species conservation, local government policy and community values.

The project produced three summaries:

  1. Overview of process and key insights
  2. Co-developing an agent-based model to support EBM
  3. System dynamic mapping and managing multi-species complexes: Key variables and linkages 

Following the presentation from our speakers, we invite attendees to participate in a Q+A session based on the content in the webinar.

Who is it for?  

This webinar is open and free to anyone, but will be of particular interest to those involved in collaborative, multi-sector processes exploring complex systems and relationships within those, management of multi-species fisheries including linkages with other jurisdictions and sectors, and, of course, the application and utility of systems dynamic mapping, multi-variate analysis and agent-based modelling techniques in these scenarios.

Will it be recorded?  

Yes, our webinars are recorded and made available online soon afterwards.

The speakers  
  • Eric Jorgensen
  • Judi Hewitt (University of Auckland)
  • Andrew Allison (NIWA)
  • John Taunton-Clark (MPI)
  • Jodi Milne (MPI)
  • Carol Scott (Southern Inshore Fisheries)
  • Karen Middlemiss (DOC)
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