NZFCF President Doug Loder has organised a series of roadshow meetings to allow inshore fishermen around the south and east coast of the South Island to express their views to officials about the impositions of the proposed inshore observer programmes to be conducted by both the Ministry of Fisheries and the Department of Conservation over the next few months. President Doug will be accompanied by NZFCF CEO Pete Dawson and Andrew Coleman (Deputy Chief Executive MFish), Steve Halley (MFish), Allan Martin (MFish).

The meetings have been confirmed for:

  • Bluff:                   10:30am Tuesday 20 October 2009 at the Bluff Fire Station;
  • Port Chalmers:      7.00pm  Tuesday 20 October 2009 at the Portsiders Hotel, Port Chalmers;
  • Timaru:                12:30pm Wednesday 21 October 2009 at Talley's Fisheries, Timaru;
  • Lyttelton:             9:30am Thursday 22 October 2009 at the St John Ambulance Station, Lyttelton.

We encourage as many fishermen as possible to attend these meetings so that both MFish and DoC can get a firm understanding of the implications for the inshore finfish industry that come with these expensive programmes.




MFish / Industry Observer Meeting


Bluff:                                              Tuesday 20th October 2009

Port Chalmers:                                 Tuesday 20 th October 2009

Timaru:                                           Wednesday 21 st October 2009

Christchurch / Lyttelton:                  Thursday 22 nd October 2009





§    MFish to discuss with fishermen the implementation of Summer Observer Programme and cost-effective placement of Observers.


Key Points

  • Minister has decided that in the interests of collecting further information about protected species interactions, the Summer Observer Programme will go ahead.
  • Reduced overall cost of programme for this year from $2m to $1m.
  • This is not a DOC programme!  It is a repeat of the Summer Observer Programme that was initiated last year by the previous Minister.
  • MFish staff will include Steve Halley, Alan Martin (Manager, Observer Services), Andrew Coleman (National Compliance Manager).
  • MFish's sole purpose behind meeting is to deliver the message that the programme is going ahead, to discuss implementation with fishermen and to place Observers upon that basis, in the most cost-effective way.