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Intransigent problems in fisheries & aquaculture management

Matuku Oyster SignThis project comprises a number of separate research activities addressing particularly intransigent management problems including: fisheries bycatch compliance, stakeholder identification and integration, quantifying recreational fishing and tourism yield, integrating local and traditional knowledge..  Funders of aspects of the research over recent years include Biosecurity New Zealand, Department of Conservation, Environment Southland, Fiordland Marine Guardians, Ministry for the Environment, and the Ministry of Fisheries.

Current specific project foci

Robust data relevant to fishery and aquaculture resource management

Key researchers – Dr Geoff Kerr , Dr Hamish Rennie , Dr Stephen Espiner , Jill Thomson (Eclectic Energy), Kay Booth, Dr Bob Ditton (Texas A&M University)

This research includes maintaining unique GIS-linked databases of stakeholders in aquaculture and recreational charter boats relevant to fisheries and aquaculture that are not maintained elsewhere.  It also includes research on the effects of observers on the reporting of bycatch from fishery vessels and of compliance of activities of non-fishers that may affect fishery resources, and identification of users of protected areas.

Robust modelling and visualisation of human dimensions of fisheries and aquaculture-relevant activities

Key researchers – Dr Geoff Kerr , Dr Ken Hughey , Dr , Dr , Dr Clare Churcher , Stephen Beville (PhD Candidate), Ed Hearnshaw (PhD Candidate), Mohammed Daradkeh (PhD Candidate)

Current research is on illustrating how extensions to the Random Parameters Logit model may be used to improve understanding of angler behaviour; computer assisted modelling of stakeholder priorities for setting management priorities for Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora, and improving the visualisation of model-sensitivity to aid decision-makers in understanding the robustness of model-generated scenarios.  Completed research includes the evaluation of externality management instruments in marine fisheries decision support systems and the development of the ‘GoFish’ Decision Support System for managing environmental impacts in marine commercial fisheries.

‘Soft’ tools and techniques to aid decision-makers and stakeholder analysis

Key researchers –Dr Hamish Rennie , Jill Thomson (Eclectic Energy), Dr Geoff Kerr , Dr Simon Swaffield

Current research investigates the use and potential for regulatory tools to facilitate integrating fisheries and other users in the management of fishery resources.  The research draws on Checkland’s soft- systems methodology and regular surveys of the use of section 33 transfer provisions of the Resource Management Act and other tools under the RMA. Associated research seeks to extend and broaden the potential range of applications of the Eclectic Energy Akroyd Walshe Framework for evaluating the potential sustainability of co-management arrangements for devolution of fisheries management. Other ongoing research explores ways of valuing recreational fish user enjoyment of fishery resources and places.

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